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Upcoming local blood drives

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The Red Cross needs the help of blood donors across the country to ensure patients continue to have access to lifesaving blood.

As the U.S. experiences a new surge in COVID-19 cases, the Red Cross is becoming increasingly concerned about the nation’s blood supply – including convalescent plasma. A convalescent plasma donation collects plasma from COVID-19 survivors because antibodies to the disease in their blood may help patients who are currently fighting the virus. Increased hospitalization of patients with coronavirus this fall and winter has caused the Red Cross to distribute a record number of COVID-19 plasma products to hospitals treating patients who are battling the virus.

Eligible individuals are urged to make an appointment to donate blood now to help patients in need. Find a donation opportunity using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Dec. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Lincoln High School, 101 W. Lamine in Lincoln.

Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1531 N. Vansant Rd. in Clinton.

Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1531 N. Vansant Rd. in Clinton.

Dec. 10 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Stover Community Center, 600 Legion Dr. in Stover.

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