In the coming weeks, the American Red Cross will hold several blood drives in the area

The need for blood is constant, especially during the cold winter months. Each day, blood donors help patients of all ages — from accident and burn victims to heart surgery and organ transplant patientsAccording to the American Red Cross, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood.

Upcoming blood drives in Hermiston, unless otherwise noted:

•Monday, Jan 14 from 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at New Hope Community Church, 1350 S. Highway 395.

•Friday, Jan 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at city of Umatilla, 700 Sixth St., Umatilla.

•Monday, Jan. 21 from noon to 6 p.m. at Good Shepherd Medical Center, 610 N.W. 11th St.

•Friday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Stafford Hansell Government Center, 915 S.E. Columbia Drive.

While walk-ins are welcome, donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-733-2767 or via www.redcrossblood.org.

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