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Letter: Red Cross Blood Mobile coming to Worthington

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opinion Worthington, 56187

Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

By Rose Weitgenant, American Red Cross Volunteer, Worthington

Since 1970, January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month. This year, the American Red Cross thanks all blood donors for helping to ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need both locally and across the country.

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According to Geoff Kauffmann, CEO of the Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region, nearly 5 million U.S. patients need blood transfusions every year. Thanks to dedicated volunteer blood donors, the Red Cross can help meet those needs.

The blood supply is particular vulnerable during winter months due to inclement weather, seasonal illnesses and busy holiday schedules. Appointments to give blood and help patients in need can be made at redcrossblood.org or 1-800-REDCROSS.

The American Red Cross Blood Mobile will be at the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington, Worthington, from 1 to 7 p.m. Jan. 30.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit redcross.org or visit @RedCross on Twitter.

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