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Community blood drive on May 19

| May 11, 2022 1:00 AM

The American Red Cross will host its spring Whitefish Community Blood Drive on Thursday, May 19 at the Whitefish United Methodist Church – 1150 Wisconsin Avenue – from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

The entire donation process takes about an hour, which includes check-in, a brief health review, drawing the blood and snacks afterwards. the Red Cross thanks all of the regular community donors who continue to show up. Organizers are also calling upon all new donors – you too can help save a life.

Appointments are recommended and walk-in donors are always welcome. A blood donor card or a driver license is required at check-in. To schedule your appointment for May 19, please call Jean at 406-862-4332 or go online to www.redcrossblood.org and search for blood drives in the 59937 area.

Walk-in donors are encouraged; however, there may be a short wait. It is suggested that you eat a hardy meal and drink plenty of water prior to giving blood. Snacks, water and juices will be provided for you at the blood drive.

Every 27 minutes someone in Montana will need blood. Your donation helps accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients and those receiving treatments for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell. Blood cannot be produced or manufactured; it can only come from generous donors like you. The need is constant and the gratification is instant. Make your appointment today.

For further information about the American Red Cross Blood Donation Program and why blood donations are so very important, go to www.redcrossblood.org.