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Giving blood is a great way to give thanks


November 4, 2019

The fall marks the beginning of spending time with family and friends; watching football, celebrating Thanksgiving, the holidays, and the New Year. But for patients in need of blood, those moments can be filled with uncertainty as they fight illnesses, injury, or heal from surgery.

One way to give thanks for your health, and take care of those around you, is to donate blood. Every two to three seconds someone in this country needs blood and 250 volunteer blood donors are needed in this region every day! Hospitals don't close for holidays, and the need for blood never goes away. It can only come from a volunteer like you. Please invite someone to join you!

The next opportunity to donate blood in your community will be Nov. 14 at First Lutheran Church, from 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Contact Gail Weisenburger at (701) 653-5859 to make an appointment. Or call Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) at 1-877-25VITAL for more information.

To save time, donors can now fill out their Health History online at the day of their donation. To donate blood, volunteers must be at least 16 years old and in good health (16 year old donors need a minor donor permit which is available at


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