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Bloodmobile visiting Fergus Falls Jan. 16-18 [UPDATED]

Published 10:15am Tuesday, January 8, 2013 Updated 12:18pm Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the National Guard Armory in Fergus Falls on the following dates:

• Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 1 to 7 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome after 2 p.m.

• Thursday, Jan. 17 from 1 to 7 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome after 2 p.m.

• Friday, Jan. 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• Tuesday, Jan. 22 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Community Center in Henning

• Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Lake Region Electric Co., in Pelican Rapids

Blood donors are ordinary people — people from every walk of life. But they share one thing — a generous spirit, a desire to give back to their community and to help others in need of lifesaving blood.

There needs to be 112 days between “double red cell” and 56 days for the last whole blood donation which can be up to six times a year.

Donors must be at least 17 years old — but 16-year-olds with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form can donate. They can get the consent form from the high school’s nurses’ office.

Other criteria for all donors is that they must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds.

Eating prior to donating is a good idea. Keep your iron level up for donating. Foods rich in iron include liver, steak, chicken drumsticks, baked beans, breads, cornflakes, prunes, raisins.

Donors should have a picture ID with them.

Call Dolly Johnson at 739-3772 or Phyllis Knutson at 736-7480 for an appointment. Make your appointment by calling Dolly or Phyllis instead of going online — this is important. Walk-ins are always welcome. Having an appointment keeps the schedule more evenly

distributed thus keeping donors’ wait time to a minimum.

For more information, call the Red Cross at 1-800-Give-Life or 448-3543 and press option 6 to speak to a donor health consultant.

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