EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) -- This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer; it also marks the beginning of a difficult time for Eugene’s local blood bank, Lane Blood Center. As they do every year, blood donations are expected to fall over the next several months. People get busy or go on vacation and regular donors aren't always available as they are during other times of the year.
To help remedy that, Lane Blood Center in conjunction with the local VFW and the American Legion is hosting a blood drive on Memorial Day.
“It only takes about 45 minutes to give blood,” says Marshall White of Lane Blood Center, “and if everybody in the community could do that once this summer, who's eligible to donate, we would not have a shortage this summer.”
Giving just one pint of blood can save up to three lives.
The blood drive will be held Monday, May 28th, from until at the Veterans Memorial Association, 1626 Willamette Street in Eugene. Appointments may by made by calling 541 484-9111. You may also simply stop by and roll up a sleeve.