Armory blood drive has waiting room only

Hood River donors can expect a long wait if they plan to take part in a local blood drive on Sept. 26.

The appointment book is full for the American Red Cross blood drive from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Hood River Armory and walk-ins will be worked in as scheduling permits, according to Margo Parker, blood services chair.

"I know everyone wants to give but we can only handle so many people at one time and we hope everyone will be understanding," said Parker.

Red Cross officials are unsure if the blood drive scheduled at Bonneville Lock and Dam from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 24 will take place. They are waiting for word about whether the the federal facility will remain closed to the public for added security. The "lock down" at the hydropower plant followed last week's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

"We are hoping it is open by then and we haven't made alternate arrangements yet," said Annie Simonds, interim executive director of the Hood River Red Cross.

Across the river, a blood drive has been scheduled in the White Salmon Park Center from 1 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 6. Those wanting to make a donor appointment are asked to call (541) 296-3210.

Simonds and Parker are trying to accommodate local donors who may miss these opportunities by scheduling another blood drive in Hood River during the month of October.

"The response of this community has just been tremendous," said Simonds.

She said local cash contributions to aid relief efforts have totaled almost $2,000 and more money comes in every day.

Donations can be sent to: Hood River Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1100 East Marina Way Ste. 103, Hood River, OR 97031.

For more information about upcoming blood drives call Parker at 387-3669.

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