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Red Cross request: donate financially or give blood

| November 23, 2022 1:00 AM

This year, 2022, has been a year of crisis for families across the country — from Hurricane Ian in Florida to historic flooding in Montana to the first-ever national American Red Cross blood crisis.

“Whether a crisis is felt by an entire community or a single person, it turns lives upside down, especially for the most vulnerable,” said Nicole Sirak Irwin, regional CEO of the Red Cross of Idaho, Montana and East Oregon. “This holiday season, join us to provide help and hope for people in need during future emergencies by making a financial donation or by giving blood.”

On Giving Tuesday and during the holidays, visit to make a financial donation or an appointment to give blood. Individuals can also register for volunteer opportunities in their area by visiting

In January 2022, the Red Cross experienced its worst national blood shortage in over a decade due to ongoing collection challenges and varied hospital demand during the pandemic. One in seven patients entering a hospital will need a blood transfusion.

As seasonal illness and the threat of winter weather ramp up this holiday season, make a donation appointment and be a lifeline for car accident victims, parents with complicated childbirths, individuals battling cancer and people with sickle cell disease.

Book a time to give blood at As a thank-you, all that give Nov. 23-27 will get an exclusive Red Cross beanie, while supplies last. Thanks to our partners at Amazon, all donors who come to give blood Nov. 28 - Dec. 15 will receive a $10 Gift card by email.

In Whitefish, you can give blood at the Park Side Credit Union, 1300 Baker Avenue, on Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Or at the Olney-Bissell School, 5955 Farm to Market Road, on Dec 9 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Give in Columbia Falls at the Bad Rock Fire Department, 23 Columbia Pines Court on Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.