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A spooky way to save lives

Be sure to dress up
On Friday, Oct. 30th you can save a life by donating blood in your Halloween costume.
On Friday, Oct. 30th you can save a life by donating blood in your Halloween costume.(Jessica Raney)
Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 2:28 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - To help get you in the Halloween spirit, dress up as a vampire and sink your teeth into saving lives.

Friday, Oct. 30th marks the second annual Halloween blood drive for the Red Cross Blood Center on Cottonwood Street in North Platte.

This spooky lifesaving event will start at 11 a.m and last until 5 p.m. All donors will be placed into a drawing for a $50 visa card and will also receive a free t-shirt to show that you helped save a life. There are a few requirements you must meet to be able to donate.

  • You must be at least 16 years old
  • Have a valid driver’s license/blood donor card
  • Weigh at least 110 lbs
  • Be feeling healthy

The Account Manager for American Red Cross, Amanda Wehnes, stresses why donating blood is so important.

If you have testing positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days you cannot donate. However, if it has been over 14 days since your symptoms from COVID-19 have disappeared, you are STRONGLY encouraged to donate your blood. Plasma is needed from COVID-19 recovered patients since they have antibodies built up which can save others who are struggling.

Those who are interested in donating blood during this event can register by going online to redcrossblood.org or by downloading the Donor App which can be found on Apple and Android.

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