Emergencies don’t take a holiday. The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment now to give and help ensure patients can get the treatment they need at a moment’s notice. In November 2016, a 100-foot maple tree fell on Mike McMahon, causing life-threatening injuries. He needed 11 units of blood during emergency surgery and another seven units to treat complications after. Six weeks following the accident, McMahon was released from the hospital – just in time to spend the holidays with his family.
“I’m grateful for the donors who gave me such an amazing gift – the gift of life,” said McMahon. “I was an occasional blood donor before the accident. Today, I donate as often as I can to help ensure others receive blood when they need it most.”
Now is an important time to give blood. A seasonal decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors get busy with family gatherings and travel. In addition, severe winter weather can cause blood drive cancellations and negatively affect the blood supply. Patients like McMahon can’t afford for there to be a shortage of blood.
As a special thank-you for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give Dec. 20 through Jan. 6 will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Dec. 20-Jan. 15:
12/22/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Timberhill Shopping Center, 2335 NW Kings Blvd
12/27/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Natural Grocers, 1235 NW 10th St
12/28/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Burgerville, 2300 NW 9th Street
1/3/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., NW Hills Community Church, 3300 NW Walnut Blvd
1/3/2019: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Alternative Co-Op, 1007 SE 3rd Street
1/4/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Timberhill Athletic Club, 2855 NW 29th
1/7/2019: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Bi-Mart Store #604, 2045 NW 9th St
1/8/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Corvallis Elks Lodge #1413, 1400 NW 9th St
1/9/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 2650 NW Highland Dr.
1/11/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Snap Fitness Corvallis Crossing, 948 NW Circle Blvd
1/14/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church Community Center, 1165 NW Monroe Ave.
1/15/2019: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Church of the Good Samaritan, 333 NW 35th St
1/15/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Life Community Church, 4900 NW Hwy 99 W
12/26/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fire and Rescue, 1035 Main Street
1/8/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 355 Oregon Ave.
1/11/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bandon First Baptist Churc