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Donate blood to save a life

Still looking for a way to help your community as challenges remain while we try to both reopen our economy and continue to fight the spread of COVID-19? How about a way to help that might very well save a life?

Donate blood.

“People need it for chemo treatments or surgical services,” said Jennifer Offenberger, associate vice president of service excellence with the Memorial Health System. “There are multiple ways people need blood in our community.”

With so many blood drives having been canceled in the early stages of the pandemic, the need is even greater. But there are plenty of chances now to do something about it. You can find them at redcross.org/give-blood.

All precautions will be taken: temperatures taken, masks worn, hand sanitizer available and social distancing enforced. In fact, at the Lowell-Adams Volunteer Fire Department, those who are not comfortable wearing a mask will not be able to donate. Don’t be squeamish. The folks working at these drives are good at what they do, and the result far outweighs any minor discomfort.

Those who are eligible and able should find their way to a blood drive soon. The need is always urgent; recent events have made it even more so.

You can help.

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