The American Red Cross encouraged blood donations in November as a way to service veterans.
Veterans Day is Nov. 11. The American Red Cross Blood Services started as a relief effort to provide lifesaving plasma and blood for soldiers during World War II. The Red Cross reports it now collects and distributes nearly half of the nation's civilian blood supply, serving more than 3,000 hospitals in the U.S. with blood products needed by patients.
The Red Cross supplies blood to many Veterans Affairs hospitals where veterans receive blood transfusions for cancer treatment, cardiac surgery and elective surgery. Cancer treatment may require 10 to 20 units of red cells and 10 to 50 units of platelets per patient. Open heart surgery may require between two and six units of red cells, platelets and plasma.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities are:
Noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at the VFW, 111 First St. S., Long Prairie.
1:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 St. Francis Center, 116 Eighth Ave. S.E., Little Falls.
1-6 p.m. Nov. 6 Nisswa Community Center, Nisswa.
1:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 St. Francis Center, Little Falls.
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7 St. Francis Center, Little Falls.
For more information, go online to givebloodgivelife.org or call (800) GIVE-LIFE, which is (800) 448-3543. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.
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