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Red Cross: Don't Forget To Donate Blood

Red Cross: Don't Forget To Donate Blood

The Red Cross needs your help.  Typically, blood donations drop during the winter holiday season, when people aer busy with other activities. Individuals can help the Red Cross and hospital patients this month by giving a generous gift of a blood or platelet donation. Each donation made can help save up to three lives.

"Hospital patients don't get a holiday from needing blood and platelets," said Daphne Mathew communications director, West Division.

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Blood donations are used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, premature babies and those living with chronic blood diseases each and every day; patients like Kelsey Harris.

Kelsey Harris -- a star athlete, attentive student and teenage driver -- was on her way to school when she got into a serious accident. As a result of her injuries, Kelsey needed type O negative blood, the "universal" donor type. Kelsey's sister, Kenzie, said, "Without the help from those donors, my sister might not be alive today." Nearly all of Kelsey's family members are type O negative donors and they regularly give blood together. They are grateful for the donors that helped Kelsey make a recovery and say it is their way of giving back.

As a special "thank you," all those who present to donate blood through Friday, Jan. 3, will receive a commemorative long-sleeve American Red Cross T-shirt.*

* While supplies last. Quantities and sizes may be limited.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

- Dec. 28 from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm at Portland Donor Center blood drive, 3131 North Vancouver Ave. Portland, Oregon 97227
- Dec. 28 from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm at Portland Donor Center blood drive, 3131 North Vancouver Ave. Portland, Oregon 97227
- Dec. 29 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Bridgeport Village 7455 SW Bridgeport Tigard, OR 97224
- Dec. 30 from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm Northeast Community Center Portland 1630 NE 38th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
- Dec. 31 from 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm Vancouver Blood Donation Center 5109 NE 82nd Ave
Vancouver, WA 98662
- Jan.1 from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm at Portland Donor Center blood drive, 3131 North Vancouver Ave. Portland, Oregon 97227
- Jan. 2 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm St Henry's Catholic Church 395 NW 1st St Gresham, OR 97030

How to donate blood: 
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors who are 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

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