Give blood and you could just save a life
The American Red Cross is seeking the public's help in stockpiling blood and blood products this holiday season as the impacts of the pandemic, season illnesses and inclement weather stress supplies crucial to patients throughout the region.
To that end, the organization is sponsoring blood drives in communities in northwestern Oregon, including locally. Blood drives are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Northwest Christian Church, 2315 Villa Road; noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 21 at Newberg Masonic Lodge, 402 E. Sheridan St.; from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 22 at Newberg Church of Christ, 2503 Haworth Ave.
According to a release from the Red Cross, between Thanksgiving and Christmas more than 1 million blood transfusions will be given in the United States.
"Donations of all blood types are needed to ensure hospital shelves remains stocked to meet patient blood needs," the release said.
To schedule a donation, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-733-2767 or enable the "Blood Donor Skill" on an Alexa Echo device. Those who donate by Jan. 4 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross t-shirt.
In addition, the Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether he or she developed symptoms, and will help identify individuals that are candidates for donating convalescent plasma tranfusions that may help patients who are fighting the virus.
Potential donors of blood and platelets must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weight at least 110 pounds and in generally good health. High school students and other donors 18 or younger must also have met certain height and weight requirements.
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