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Blood Drive slated Thursday, Friday at The Venue logo 1/23/2020 By Donna Thornton, The Gadsden Times, Ala.

Winter is notoriously a difficult time to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs, according to the American Red Cross.

This year is no exception, the organization said in a news release.

However, local residents have a chance to be exceptional Thursday and Friday by donating blood at a two-day drive at The Venue at Coosa Landing.

The Red Cross will be collecting donations from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, in the first of what will be a monthly blood drive in Gadsden.

Donors will receive a free movie ticket.

Right now, the Red Cross has a critical type O blood shortage and urgently needs donors of all blood types — especially types O negative and O positive — to give blood or platelets. Without more donors, patient care may be impacted, according to the organization.

To schedule a donation, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.


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