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Red Cross urges blood donation as one last gift to give this holiday season

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OREGON AND WASHINGTON – It can’t be wrapped or placed under a tree, but the perfect gift can help save patient lives this holiday season. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the lifesaving gift of a blood donation in December, a time when donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.

Barbara Coger will never forget the donors that gave the blood that her husband received during the holidays. “I have been donating blood for some time, but really started encouraging others to do so after my husband received a donation on Christmas Eve,” she said. “He had not been doing well and would not survive much longer, but with that extra boost, he was able to share a big smile with me on Christmas morning, something I will always cherish.”

Donors of all blood types are needed this holiday season to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients. To encourage donations, all those who come to donate December 22nd, 2016, through January 8th, 2017, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.

The following is a list of upcoming blood drives:

Oregon blood drives

Morrow County

Irrigon

12/21/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., OTLD Irrigon Branch, 490 NE Main Street

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Umatilla County

Hermiston

12/19/2016: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Good Shepherd Medical Center, 610 N.W. 11th

12/21/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hermiston Public Library, 235 E Gladys Ave

12/22/2016: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, 565 W Hermiston Avenue

12/23/2016: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Good Shepherd Medical Center, 610 N.W. 11th

Pendleton

12/19/2016: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., St Anthony Hospital, 2801 St Anthony Way

Umatilla

12/30/2016: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., City of Umatilla, 700 6th Street

Washington blood drives

Benton County

Kennewick

12/30/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Affinity at Southridge, 5207 W Hildebrand Blvd

Richland

12/16/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Richland Blood Donation Center, 447 Wellsian Way

12/19/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Richland Blood Donation Center, 447 Wellsian Way

12/20/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Richland Blood Donation Center, 447 Wellsian Way

12/21/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Richland Blood Donation Center, 447 Wellsian Way

12/23/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Richland Blood Donation Center, 447 Wellsian Way

12/27/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Richland Blood Donation Center, 447 Wellsian Way

12/28/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Paul Mitchell the School - Richland, 71 Gage Blvd

12/28/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Richland Blood Donation Center, 447 Wellsian Way

12/30/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Richland Blood Donation Center, 447 Wellsian Way

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Chelan County

Chelan

12/21/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church Chelan, 206 North Emerson

Wenatchee

12/20/2016: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Wenatchee Community Center, 504 S. Chelan Avenue

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Douglas County

East Wenatchee

12/19/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 1315-8th NE

Waterville

12/22/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., North Central Washington District Fair, 601 North Monroe

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Grant County

Ephrata

12/28/2016: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ephrata Recreation Center, 112 Basin Street SW

Quincy

12/27/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Center, 115 F Street SW

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