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“Blood Culture” is not what you think it is…

Nikki Price story

LINCOLN CITY – The American Red Cross recently announced there is an emergency need for blood donations of all types, throughout the Northwest and across the nation this summer. The volunteers of the Lincoln City Cultural Center have answered the call, with “Blood Culture,” a special kind of blood drive set for Tuesday, Aug. 28. From 1 to 6 pm, the center will offer live music, hourly prize giveaways and refreshments for all potential blood donors and drive volunteers.

To schedule your appointment, visit redcrossblood.org (sponsor code lccenter) or call the LCCC office at 541-994-9994.

Giving blood is its own reward, of course. But at “Blood Culture,” they’ll be offering plenty of additional inspiration. The LCCC is going to sweeten the experience with a schedule of live music, tasty treats, and hourly drawings for arts, crafts, tickets and other freebies. The American Red Cross is also offering prizes for those who donate this summer, including daily drawings for movie ticket 4-packs.

“Our auditorium is the perfect setting for a blood drive, with plenty of room and great visibility from the highway. Our volunteers are excited about this opportunity to give back to the community, and do it like only we can – with culture,” said Niki Price, executive director. “You can come, give blood, and help the American Red Cross, and maybe take home a lovely piece of art or a CD. We’re trying to save lives, and have fun doing it.”

Blood donations through the American Red Cross are down considerably this summer, compared to the same period last year. There is only about half the amount of readily available blood in the Red Cross inventory at this time. Donations of blood types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative are urgently needed. Hospital deliveries of these blood types are outpacing donations, and all healthy donors are urged to give.

A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

“If you’re not sure if you qualify to give blood, that’s OK. Come on over, and give it a try. Even if you don’t qualify, you’ll be entered into the drawings,” Price said. “We welcome all volunteers and donors to our first-ever Blood Culture event.”

The Lincoln City Cultural Center offers performances, fine arts, art classes and visitor information inside the historic Delake School building at 540 NE Hwy. 101. For tickets and further information, drop by the center, call 541-994-9994, become a friend on Facebook, or check out the website, lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.

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