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American Red Cross officials reported recently that there is an urgent need for blood donations

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American Red Cross officials reported recently that there is an urgent need for blood donations as hospitals resume non-urgent and elective procedures as communities reopen after the COVID-19 crisis.

"Blood donors have played a vital role in the lives of patients who have needed lifesaving transfusions during this pandemic, and patients continue to depend on donors each and every day," said Paul Sullivan, senior vice president of Red Cross Blood Services. "The Red Cross appreciates the support of those who rolled up a sleeve to give in recent months, but the need doesn't stop. We need the public's help to avoid another blood shortage this summer."

The organization has added an incentive to donating blood — through June 30, donors will receive a $5 Amazon gift card via email.

Healthy individuals are asked to make an appointment by calling 800-733-2767 or visiting RedCrossBlood.org.

In the release, the organization attempted to allay people's fears about giving blood while the pandemic continues. The Red Cross will conduct temperature checks and require social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff, as well as adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Opportunities to donate blood abound in the area over the next month, including:

• 1:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, St. Paul fire hall, 4233 Church Ave.

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thuresday, June 4, Newberg High School, 2400 Douglas Ave.

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, June 11, Grocery Outlet, 1510 Portland Road.

• Noon-5 p.m. Monday, June 15, Canby Church of the Nazarene, 2323 S.E. Territorial Road.


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