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Blood donations needed

CRMC drive scheduled May 7-8 in Crosby

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Healthy individuals are strongly encouraged to make an appointment and donate blood at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s blood drive scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 7, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 8, in the Crosby-Ironton High School gym, 711 Poplar St., Crosby.

There is no known end date in this fight against the coronavirus, and the Red Cross needs the help of all types of blood and platelet donors to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. As part of the nation’s critical infrastructure, healthy individuals can still donate in areas that have issued shelter in place declarations, a CRMC news release said.

Blood donation is a safe process, and people should not hesitate to give and receive blood, the news release said. Red Cross employees follow thorough safety protocols. During this uncertain time, in addition to standard procedures, more tactics have been implemented including pre-donation donor temperature screening, enhanced disinfecting, social distancing, staff wellness and protection and providing increased education.

Appointments may be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App , visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are also welcome; the process generally takes about 45 minutes.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Contact the Red Cross at 1-866-236-3276 with any eligibility questions.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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