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Red Cross seeks donations: Storms compound blood shortage

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Red Cross seeks donations: Storms compound blood shortage

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those rely on blood products.

Lima Senior High School will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 8:30 a.m.to 2:30 p.m. February 23 in the school's auxiliary gymnasium.

"Everyone's donation was absolutely vital for this emergency blood appeal that the American Red Cross is going through right now", Gundersen said. "He also got a blood transfusion him when he had spinal surgery and I have looked in the eyes of so many people who have lost everything during disasters and frankly, it's a privilege to be able to help them as well".

Eligible donors can find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Students must be 17 years of age to donate.

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Marshall High School is sponsoring a blood drive May 17 from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

The American Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood. Each blood donation saves three lives. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American people to perform its mission.

According to Gundersen, around 45 to 55 students signed up to donate blood.

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