|As summer approaches, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need.|
Donors of all blood types are needed to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving cancer treatment.
Kenneth Reed gives blood in his son’s honor. When Trace was 8 days old, he underwent heart surgery and received blood transfusions. “It’s the least I can do, and if it wasn’t for donors, he wouldn’t be here with us today,” said Reed. “He still has more surgeries in the future and will need blood transfusions for those also. I just want to give back for what my child has received, and this is the only way I really can. I don’t call it donating blood; I call it donating life.”
Blood donation opportunities:
Mon.6/5/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Community Center, 313 N. 1st Ave. W.
Mon.6/5/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Legion, 145 W. Franklin
Tue.6/6/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Holiday Inn, 1201 Torgerson Drive
Wed.6/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Holiday Inn, 1201 Torgerson Drive
Thur.6/8/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Holiday Inn, 1201 Torgerson Drive
Mon.6/12/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Assembly of God Regional Worship Center, 2 Crossroad Drive
Thur.6/15/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Salem Lutheran Church, 109 3rd St. SE
Giving blood is an easy and thoughtful way to honor a loved one who has relied on blood products, to follow in the example of a family member who gives regularly or to simply help others.
Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can then also visit redcrossblood.org/cedarfair to enter to win one of three grand prize packages for four to Knott’s Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point in Ohio.
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