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Red Cross donor drives

With just 38 percent of the population eligible to give blood, and just a fraction of those eligible actually donating, the American Red Cross is asking eligible blood donors to give blood more often.

"The average blood donor gives less than two times a year, yet you can donate every 56 days," said Dr. David Mair, interim CEO of American Red Cross Blood Services North Central Region. "It's important for those who can donate to give regularly to help ensure that blood is available for patients in need."

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. The Red Cross believes that all blood donations are important and that people should donate whenever and wherever possible.

Upcoming local blood donation opportunities include Friday, Sept. 19 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Newport Lutheran Church, 900 15th St., Newport, and Friday, Sept. 26 from 1 to 7 p.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 4125 Woodbury Dr.

Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit to make a blood donation appointment or for more information.