American Red Cross Blood Drive Jan. 27

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital volunteers are hosting an American Red Cross blood drive at the Hood River Armory on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 12:30-5:30 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), visit www.redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: HoodRiver), or call Margo Parker at 541-387-3669.

Blood is a precious but perishable lifesaving product that can only come from generous volunteer blood donors. Many people assume that other people will donate and blood will always be there when it is needed. Unfortunately, less than 38 percent of the American population is eligible to give blood, and only a fraction of those people actually do.

Blood products are routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients, and accident and trauma victims. Volunteer blood donors are the primary source of blood used for transfusions, and the blood must be there before it is needed in order to help save lives.

When you donate blood through your local American Red Cross, you share a precious gift with a stranger. In return, you get the good feeling that comes from knowing you may have helped save a life. Please consider taking an hour of your time to help someone in need by donating blood or platelets.

Any healthy person age 18 (or 16-17 with signed parental consent) and weighing at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate blood. Valid identification is required for all blood donations.

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