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"News Release from: Sandy Fire District
SAVING LIVES IS EASY
Posted: August 20th, 2007 3:16 PM
Donate at the upcoming Blood Drive
The Sandy Fire Station and Mt. Hood Hospice would like to invite all eligible donors to donate at a special "Celebrate Life and Freedom Blood Drive" located at Sandy Fire Department (17460 Bruns Ave, Sandy OR 97055) on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007 from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
You don't need to be a firefighter, EMT, doctor or nurse to save lives. Just give blood.
Because blood has a limited shelf life, the community blood supply must constantly be replenished to meet the needs of patients. Therefore, giving blood on a regular basis maintains the emergency supply and may one day touch your life in a very personal way.
"With Highway 26 intersecting our community, we have become all too familiar with tragedy. Traumatic injuries don't just happen to "other people". Those who have been touched by these events know, when their loved one was in need, lifesaving blood was given - donated by strangers who took the time to care". Alice Lasher, PIO Sandy Fire District
FALL BLOOD DONORS NEEDED
When asked, blood donors often view their contribution as "minor" even "insignificant". Yet, those whose lives have depended on this selfless gesture tell a different kind of story.
Because whole blood is separated and transfused as components, one blood donation can help as many as three people. Make your life-saving contribution on Sept 11th!
Donors must be at least 16 (with parental permission) years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good general health. For new and existing additional donor eligibility questions, please visit the American Red Cross website at: www.nwblood.redcross.org or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.
To schedule an appointment, please go to www.givelife.org sponsor code: SandyComm or call the Sandy Fire Station at 503-668-8093. Walk-ins will be taken on a space available basis so register early!
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About the American Red Cross
The Red Cross provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply (collecting more than six million units a year from volunteer donors) to patients in 3,000 hospitals across the country through its national network. Founded in 1949, Pacific Northwest Regional Blood Services (PNWRBS) is the sole supplier of blood and blood products to over 80 hospitals in Oregon, Washington and Southeast Alaska. The Pacific Northwest Region is the eighth largest of 36 American Red Cross blood regions and stretches throughout Southwest and Central Washington State and most of Oregon. In order to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients, and other ill or injured people who need transfusions, PNWRBS must collect at least 5,000 pints of blood each week. For more information visit www.pdxredx.org or call 1-800-GIVE LIFE or visit <www.nwblood.redcross.org> to schedule your blood donation or to sponsor a blood drive."