A highlight of the June 19 American Red Cross blood drive held at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston was Chris Fischer reaching the 5-gallon donation milestone.

Overall, the drive collected 30 units from 35 donors, said Patti Perkins, who helps coordinate the blood drives. The canteen, she said, was furnished by Columbia Grange.

Blood products are always in high demand, but the summer months bring an increase in demand, Perkins said. A person’s donation of blood can help save the lives of up to three people. Perkins encourages people to consider becoming a donor and asking a friend or neighbor to join in giving the gift of life to a stranger.

The next blood drive at Good Shepherd is Monday, Aug. 21 from noon to 6 p.m. While walk-ins are welcome, appointments assist with planning and can be made by calling 800-448-3543. In addition, service groups interested in providing canteen duties at upcoming blood drives are urged to call Perkins at 541-571-5372.

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