School’s out for summer, but there’s no vacation for blood need

During the summer, blood donations typically drop off dramatically as donors go on vacation and schools close, but the need for blood never takes a holiday. The American Red Cross urges people to donate blood or platelets and save lives this summer. Patients in Montana hospitals served by the Red Cross depend on community blood donations every day.

Every day, the Red Cross strives to collect 155 pints of blood for patients in our local hospitals. Regular blood donations from people in our communities are critical to our ability to provide a steady and ample supply of blood for those who depend on its life-saving benefits.

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

All eligible donors are asked to schedule an appointment to donate blood by calling The American Red Cross at (406) 403-0956 to donate blood at our upcoming Lewistown Community blood drive on June 5 from 12-6 p.m. at the The LDS Church. For more information about blood donation or eligibility, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

Week of June 5 Blood Drive

• Monday, June 5: LDS Church (900 Casino Creek Dr.) in Lewistown, 12-6 p.m.

• Tuesday, June 6: Winifred Community Center in Winifred, 2-6 p.m.

• Wednesday, June 7: CMMC Conference Room in Lewistown, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

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