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American Red Cross will stage three blood drives in the area in May as demand for blood increases in the summer

May is Trauma Awareness Month and the American Red Cross is drawing attention to the event by stressing the continued need for blood products as summer approaches.PMG FILE PHOTO - Those in Newberg wishing to donate blood have three opportunities on May 7, May 17 and May 23 at nearby locations.

"You can help ensure hospitals are prepared the moment an injured patients arrives by reminding the public that blood donations are needed year-round," Christine Welch, the organization's spokesman, said in a release last week.

Welch related a story to emphasize the Red Cross' constant need for blood donations. In December 2017, a Vermont man was rushed to the hospital following a car accident. During treatment for his injuries, doctors pumped 11 units of blood – roughly equivalent to the entire capacity of the human body – into Jeff Gosliga.

"I never had a reason to think a lot about blood, where it came from or how it arrived at hospitals. My accident changed all of that," Gosliga said. "It was touch and go for a while, and because the blood that I needed was available, I'm here today. I am so grateful to all of the volunteer blood donors who give of themselves so generously."

The Red Cross is in constant need for blood donations to help trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions survive and thrive. And the process is fairly simple: make an appointment visiting RedCross.org, call 1-800-733-2767 (1-800-REDCROSS) to make an appointment or just show up at a donation event and roll up your sleeves.

Those in the Newberg area wishing to donate blood have three opportunities over the next several weeks: 1 to 6 p.m. May 7 at First United Methodist Church, 1205 Deborah Road; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17 at the Newberg Senior Center, 101 Foothills Drive; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 23 at the Public Safety Building, 401 E. Third St.

Through June 10, all blood donors will receive a $5 Amazon gift card via email.

A blood donor card, driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be a least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.


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