The City of Oakdale, Oakdale Police Department and American Red Cross are inviting the public and all public safety personnel to donate blood during the upcoming community blood drive.
The Oakdale community blood drive will take place on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave. The goal is to collect 22 units of life-saving blood.
To donate blood, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.