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Donate Blood for Volunteer Month

April 4, 2019

DEDHAM -- The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood or platelets during National Volunteer Month this April.

Eligible donors of all blood types -- especially type O -- are needed to help ensure blood products are available for patients this spring.

Nearly half of the public knows someone who has been helped by a blood transfusion. For many volunteer blood donors, like Gail Wright, that personal connection serves as inspiration to give.

Wright’s brother was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in 1982 and needed several blood transfusions during his four-month recovery. She lived over 120 miles away at the time. Unable to be near him, she decided she could help by donating blood. Wright has continued to donate and recently completed her 11th gallon of donated blood -- 88 lifesaving blood donations.

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions, and the Red Cross salutes the volunteer blood and platelet donors who help fulfill its lifesaving mission. While donors of all blood types are needed, the Red Cross currently has a severe shortage of type O blood donations and urges type O donors to give now.

To celebrate the final season of “Game of Thrones,” HBO and the American Red Cross have partnered to encourage fans and donors to show their bravery and valor by bleeding #ForTheThrone. Those who come to donate by April 30 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a full-size Iron Throne from HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Additionally, all presenting donors April 11-30, will receive a commemorative Bleed For The Throne poster, while supplies last, and automatically be entered in the above-mentioned sweepstakes.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Worcester County:

Fitchburg

April 19 -- 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The Institute of Professional Practice, 360 Electric Ave.

Gardner

April 20 -- 9 a.m.-2 p.m., The Hope Masonic Lodge, 42 Central St.

Leominster

April 9, 16, 23,30 -- 1 p.m.--6 p.m., Leominster Elks Lodge, 134 North Main St.

Make an appointment to help save lives now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).