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Letter: A chance to be a 'hometown hero'

By Rose Weitgenant, American Red Cross volunteer, Worthington

American Red Cross heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t wear capes or special suits. Their badge of honor is the bandage that shows they gave the “gift of life.” Be a hometown hero and answer the call of patients in need by donating blood.

Donating blood is one of the simplest things you can do to help save a patient’s life. For the hour it takes to give blood, there could be a whole community of people thankful for another birthday you have given to their loved one.

The American Red Cross Blood Mobile will be in Worthington from 1 to 7 p.m. April 24 at the American Reformed Church, 1720 Burlington Ave.

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or visit (enter sponsor code 0172267) to make an appointment for more information. 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 (16 with parental permission in some states), 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.

Why don’t you be a hometown hero? Give the gift of life! The need is constant. The gratification is instant.