The Feb. 18 American Red Cross event held at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston collected 28 units from 41 donors.

Volunteer Patti Perkins said the Hermiston community should be proud to have a number of regular donors. Each blood donation, she said, can save up to three lives.

Also, Perkins expressed appreciation to the Community Women of Irrigon and Boardman, who provided canteen. The service groups that volunteer, she said, help in the success of the donor drives.

With the continual need for a sustainable supply of blood products, people are urged to make sure to take time to donate. A blood donation event is held the third Monday of each month at Good Shepherd.

The next one is March 18 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. at 610 N.W. 11th St., Hermiston. While walk-ins are welcome, Perkins said it’s helpful for volunteers if people make an appointment by calling 1-800-448-3543. For more information, visit

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