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Continue to meet the need

Wednesday’s annual American Red Cross Jefferson County Media Blood Donor Day might have a different feel this year, but its goal remains the same: To help collect vitally needed blood during a period when need annually grows.

This year’s event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Center of Hope at Wintersville United Methodist Church, 702 Main St. We hope everyone who is eligible will participate.

Late spring and early summer often bring a need for blood that sometimes isn’t met. That said, the need for blood does not go away. People will be injured in accidents, some might need emergency surgeries and still others might need potentially life-saving scheduled surgeries for cancer or other medical conditions.

Precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have presented challenges, as numerous blood drives have been canceled during the last three months. What hasn’t changed, though, is the willingness of residents from around our region to step up when their help is needed. That’s been the case again this time, as area groups have come forward to host numerous drives that have attracted large numbers of donors.

Those taking part in Wednesday’s event will notice some differences: Everyone will have his or her temperature taken at the door, donors and staff members will be required to wear masks, all areas will be sanitized between donors and donors will be kept 6 feet apart, to name a few. And while the usual pizza and doughnuts will not be available, juices, water and packaged snacks will be.

The extra precautions will require extra time between donors, and that means officials with the Greater Alleghenies Blood Region of the Red Cross are encouraging those who want to to donate to make an appointment by calling (800) 733-2767 or visiting RedCrossBlood.org and entering the code JeffMedia. Walk-ins will be accepted.

Donors will receive a special gift — a $5 gift card from Amazon through e-mail.

The Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times once again are proud to be able to team with WTRF-TV, WTOV-TV and the Red Cross to promote media day.

It’s a chance to invest a little bit of your time to help others.

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