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Perham Rotary Club partners with American Red Cross to host blood drive

Perham Rotary Club will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Monday, June 12 from 1 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, June 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 619 3rd Ave. SW, Perham.

Perham Rotary Club will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Monday, June 12 from 1 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, June 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 619 3rd Ave. SW, Perham.

"Perham Rotary Club is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations," said Susan Heusser-Ladwig, chair for this year's blood drive. "The blood drive is our way of giving friends, colleagues and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives. Our goal is to surpass last year's record of 127 units of blood."

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. The entire process including check-in, paperwork, blood donation to refreshments takes about 30 minutes.

"We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have a supply of blood ready and waiting before an emergency occurs. There's no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life."

According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

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For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call (218) 770-4434 or schedule online at www.redcrossblood.org .

The Rotary Club of Perham is a non-profit service club comprised of 70 men and women. The club is part of Rotary International which has 34,282 clubs worldwide with 1.2 million members. Collectively their purpose to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.

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