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Rotary’s community blood drive set for Friday

By: Carol Percy, Reporter
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Know & Go:

What:  Community Blood Drive

When: 1 to 5:30 p.m. Friday

Where:  Veterans Memorial Hall, 541 5th St.

Info:  https://lincolnblooddrive121517.eventbrite.com.

On Friday, residents will have an opportunity to give blood that might save local lives, according to a blood drive organizer.

“This blood drive will have some added importance since the blood reserves always run low during the holidays,” said Bill Cook, the Rotary Club of Lincoln’s Community Blood Drive coordinator.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, with a total of 44,000 blood donations needed every day, according to the American Red Cross at redcross.org.

Rotary Club of Lincoln blood drive coordinators welcome walk-in donations and participants can also sign up for an appointment online, according to Cook.

“You may drop in any time between 1 and 5:30 p.m. to donate without reservation,” Cook said. “Just know that you may have to wait a bit.”

Coordinator Gayle Graves for BloodSource, a regional blood service organization, agrees that booking an appointment can save time.

“We would really like everyone to go onto the eventbrite website and make an appointment,” Graves said. “It just makes everything flow so much better and also lets me know how many to expect and how busy we may be.”

Donors who want to reserve an appointment to give blood on Friday can go online at http://lincolnblooddrive121517.eventbrite.com.to select an appointment time.

Donors aged 16 and 17 must provide a signed parental consent form prior to donating blood. The parental consent form is available online at bloodsource.org.