Friday, January 11, 2013
January has been designated National Blood Donor Month to raise awareness of blood donation during the time of the year when blood supplies often fall to their lowest levels.
Donations traditionally decline during the post-holiday season, due to busy schedules and inclement weather, which can prevent people from keeping donation appointments. At the same time, the need for blood remains constant in the early months of the year.
Giving blood is a way to support the community by helping to ensure that a stable inventory is available for premature babies, cancer patients, or the many people who suffer accidents and other illnesses which may require transfusions.
Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days, and must be continually replenished. Donors can give blood every 56 days, or up to six times a year.
All eligible donors are asked to schedule an appointment to donate blood on Jan.23 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hood River Armory
Call Margo Parker, 541-387-3669 or visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code hoodriver. The event is sponsored by Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Volunteers.
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‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge