The February American Red Cross blood drive in Hermiston included first-time donor Madison Kitchin.

“It is people like Madison that keep our blood supply strong,” said volunteer Patti Perkins.

The Feb. 19 event, which was held at Good Shepherd Medical Center, included 40 donors, which resulted in 35 units being collected, Perkins said. Also, the canteen was provided by the Boardman Community Women’s Group.

Blood products are always in high demand, but with the high number of those effected by flu the blood supply is low, Perkins said. Each blood donation can save the lives of up to three people.

This month’s blood drive is Monday, March 19 from noon to 6 p.m., also at GSMC, 610 N.W. 11th St., Hermiston. While walk-ins are welcome, appointments assist with scheduling. To make an appointment, call 1-800-448-3543. For more information, visit www.redcross.org.

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