The  ulev rd Sentinel Urges You to Give Blood

2018 Editions Editors Notebook July

The American Red Cross is urging businesses to delete the letters A, B and O from their logos as a way to raise awareness about blood shortages in the A, B and O blood groups. The effort,  #Missing Type, also includes education about blood donation and local blood drives. One sobering fact: Nearly half the population knows someone who has needed a blood transfusion, but only about three percent of adults donate blood each year.

Local donation sites in July are:

July 3:  Eagle Rock Plaza, 2700 Colorado Blvd, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 26: Eagle Rock Library, 5026 Caspar Avenue, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

July 28:  Los Angeles Police Department, 3353 San Fernando Road, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

You can drop in to donate blood (it takes about an hour), or schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or at RedCrossBlood.org/MissingTypes. Bring your blood donor card or your driver’s license or two other forms of identification. To be a blood donor, you generally must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in basic good health.

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