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Blood donations needed

Plasma from whole blood donations made through the American Red Cross that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood now to help ensure coronavirus patients and others who depend on transfusions have needed blood products this fall.

The Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to schedule an appointment, download the free Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. In thanks, the Red Cross is offering a $1,000 Gift Card to five winners who come to give in October.

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Local blood drives in October include:


Oct. 9: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Z and N Foods, 7 US Hwy 80 East

Richmond Hill

Oct. 9, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Wetlands Building, J.F. Gregory Park, 500 Cedar Street

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