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Halloween-themed blood drive gives hope

Halloween Blood-tacular
Halloween Blood-tacular(Marresa Burke)
Published: Oct. 30, 2020 at 2:36 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -This time of year brings out the witches, ghouls, and vampires, but it can also bring hope and health for people in need. The American Red Cross partnered with the Flatrock 100 to host a Halloween-themed blood drive.

On Friday, people gathered at the American Red Cross donation center in the spirit of Halloween and helping save lives. People were encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes while donating blood.

With colleges, schools, and businesses working remotely, there has been a decrease in blood drives being held nationwide. During COVID-19, there is an increased need for convalescent plasma transfusions. This plasma is used in the direct treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Right now, there is an urgent need for B+, B-, O+ and O- blood types because they are not getting the same number of donations as they were before the health pandemic.

“It’s the blood on the shelf today that will save a life tomorrow,” said American Red Cross Account Manager Amanda Wehnes. “That is why we encourage people to donate as much as they can.”

Donation appointments can be made by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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