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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Upcoming blood donation opportunities

  • The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood this summer, helping to ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need and allowing them to create their summer of stories. Below are just a few examples of patients recently helped by Red Cross blood donors:
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  • The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood this summer, helping to ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need and allowing them to create their summer of stories. Below are just a few examples of patients recently helped by Red Cross blood donors:
     
    A liver transplant recipient needed 50 units of red blood cells and 50 units of plasma.
    A mother who had complications during childbirth was given 32 units of red blood cells, 10 units of platelets, 10 units of plasma and 15 units of cryoprecipitate.
    A trauma patient required 15 units of red blood cells.
     
    Blood donations tend to decline during the summer, when many regular donors are on vacation and schools are out of session. However, the need for blood is constant. All blood types are currently needed, especially O negative, which is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to any patient.
     
    Blood donors are encouraged to share their donation story with the Red Cross by visiting redcrossblood.org/summer. The Summer of Stories campaign is helping to raise awareness about the constant need for blood and encourage regular donations.
     
    Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
     
     
     Chippewa County
    June 24 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Training & Community Center, 711 S. 17th St. in Montevideo, Minn.
    June 25 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at Maynard Events Center, 341 Cynthia St. in Maynard, Minn.
    June 26 from 2-7 p.m. at Community Center, 30 NW Second Ave. in Clara City, Minn.
     
     
    Lincoln County
    June 19 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at American Legion, 114 S. Center St. in Lake Benton, Minn.
    June 19 from 2-7 p.m. at VFW Hall, 116 E. Saxon in Ivanhoe, Minn.
    June 20 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at American Legion, 138 E. Bradley Ave. in Tyler, Minn.
     
    Lyon County
    June 18 from 1-7 p.m. at Community Building, 142 W. Main St. in Cottonwood, Minn.
    June 25 from 1-7 p.m. at YMCA, 200 S. A St. in Marshall, Minn.
    June 26 from 1-7 p.m. at American Legion, 208 N. Jefferson in Minneota, Minn.
    June 27 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Community Center, 134 Third St. in Balaton, Minn.
     
     
     
    Redwood County
    June 24 from 2-7 p.m. at Community Center, 330 Eighth St. in Walnut Grove, Minn.
     
    Yellow Medicine County
    June 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Community Center, 110 Oscar Ave. North in Canby, Minn.
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    How to donate blood
    Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
     
    About the American Red Cross
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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