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Potential donors in Clackamas County offered three ways to make helping save lives faster and more convenient

This story has been updated from its original version.

At this time of year many regular blood and platelet donors delay giving due to busy schedules, but the need for blood remains. To help donors fit in a donation, the Red Cross offers three easy ways to make helping save lives faster and more convenient:

Donors can complete their predonation reading and health history questions online to save about 15 minutes when they give blood or platelets. Since September, donors can complete their RapidPass from a mobile device, such as a smartphone, tablet or computer.

Through the Red Cross Blood Donor app, users can find local blood drives and donation centers, schedule an appointment, receive appointment reminders, and keep track of total blood donations — all from the palm of their hand.

Donors can conveniently schedule an appointment and find tips for a successful blood or platelet donation at redcrossblood.org.

Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To learn more about RapidPass, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:

Clackamas

Dec. 10: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fred Meyer Johnson Creek, 8955 S.E. 82nd Ave.

Dec. 11: 2 to 7 p.m., Christ the King Catholic Church, 7414 S.E. Michael Drive

Milwaukie

Nov. 30: 2 to 7 p.m., Life Christian Center, 5497 S.E. International Way

Dec. 9: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 2146 S.E. Monroe St.

Oregon City

Dec. 6: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Clackamas County Public Service Building, 2051 Kaen Road

Dec. 11: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Courthouse, 807 Main St.

This story has been updated to reflect the fact that the Red Cross has cancelled the blood-donation opportunity at the Elks Lodge, replacing it with the American Legion Hall.

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