Hermiston resident Sandra Vandever recently became a 12-gallon donor during the Nov. 20 American Red Cross blood drive held at Good Shepherd Medical Center.

Volunteer Patti Perkins said a total of 34 units were collected from 46 donors. The canteen was provided by Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church.

The next drive is Monday, Dec. 18 from 12:30-6 p.m., also at Good Shepherd, 610 N.W. 11th St. Perkins said walk-ins are welcome, but it’s helpful if donors schedule an appointment by calling 800-448-3543.

Perkins said blood products are always in demand. However, with recent natural disasters, the current need is even greater. Many areas hit by hurricanes, flooding and wildfires are unable to hold regularly scheduled blood drives and depend on others to step up, Perkins said. A person can save up to three lives with a blood donation.

For more information, contact Perkins at pzperchek@charter.net or 541-571-5372.

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