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Winter is time of critical need for blood donations; numerous options are available in the community

COURTEY PHOTO: AMANDA ROMNEY/RED CROSS - American Red Cross staff member Kathryn Anderson prepares to take a blood donation from Ellie Cheung.The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types — but especially type O — and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks.

Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

 During the weeks of Christmas and New Year's, about 500 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs.

Many groups postpone blood drives during the winter holidays when travel and holiday activities may make it challenging for many donors to give. In fact, AAA estimated that a record 115.6 million Americans traveled from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1.  

"Lifesaving medical treatments and emergencies never take a holiday," said Paul Sullivan, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. "Declines in donations can affect patient care. That's why the Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment to give now and help those sidelined by illness and trauma."

 Donors are urged to make an appointment to give using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

West Linn

1/8/2020: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., West Linn City Hall, 22500 Salamo Road

1/18/2020: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., West Linn Lutheran Church, 20390 Willamette Drive

Lake Oswego

1/14/2020: noon-5 p.m., Christ Church Episcopal Parish, 1060 Chandler Road

1/14/2020: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 3 Centerpointe, 3 Centerpointe Drive

1/15/2020: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 6000 Meadows Bldg., 6000 S.W. Meadows Road

1/16/2020: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., LP West, 4350 S.W. Galewood St., #103

1/18/2020: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Baja Fresh Lake Oswego, 17805 S.W. 65th Ave.

1/22/2020: noon-5 p.m., Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 15751 Quarry Road

1/24/2020: 1:30-7 p.m., United Church of Christ Lake Oswego, 1111 Country Club Road

Oregon City

1/8/2020: 10 a.m-3:30 p.m., Elks Lodge 1189, 610 McLoughlin Blvd.

1/10/2020: 12:30.-5:30 p.m., Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St.

1/15/2020: 2-7 p.m., First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 1321 Linn Ave.

1/21/2020: 2-7:30 p.m., Living Hope Church, 19691 S. Meyers Road

1/25/2020: 8:30 a.m-1:30 p.m., St. John the Apostle Church, 516 5th St.

1/31/2020: 1-6:30 p.m., Regal Cinema Oregon City, 325 Beavercreek Road


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