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Only one week to 3rd, final blood drive of the year

To the Editor:
As you read this, we are only one week away from the third and final 2016 Glencoe Community Blood Drive for the year: next Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Glencoe City Center Ballroom.
The American Red Cross has set our goal at 128 units for this blood drive. Please help us meet that goal.  Types O negative, O positive, A negative and B negative blood are always needed; donors with these blood types are strongly encouraged by the ARC to consider giving at this drive.
Your donation is crucially needed, no matter what blood type you are.  Your one unit can help save up to three patients; every unit counts. If you have made an appointment, we remind you to please keep it. If you don’t have an appointment and want to check for any openings, please contact our Appointment Supervisor Nelda Klaustermeier at 320-864-3475.
The convenient American Red Cross program, RapidPass, is a way for blood donors to complete their pre-reading and donation questions online from the comfort and privacy of their own home or office. RapidPass is only used to complete the pre-reading and pre-donation questionnaire in advance of your appointment; it does not take the place of scheduling an appointment. The time donors spend at blood drives can be reduced by up to 15 minutes with a RapidPass.
There are some important things to remember!
• RapidPass cannot be completed prior to the date of the drive.
• Donors must complete the steps to redeem their pass on the day they donate, next Wednesday, Nov. 16.
• Donors who do not bring the printed pass with them to their donation or cannot show it on their mobile device will be asked to complete the questions again.
To use RapidPass, participating donors should follow these steps:
• Visit redcrossblood.org/rapidpass.
• Read the information.
• Answer the questions.
• Print the RapidPass or email the PDF to themselves so that it shows on their mobile device when they come to donate.
If you do decide not to use the RapidPass online tool, you will be following the usual procedure of completing the required paperwork and medical questionnaire at the blood drive.
Make a THANKS-giving donation and bless three patients with your gift of life. Thank you for your time and your donation next Wednesday, Nov. 16.
Charleen Engelmann,
Glencoe Community Blood Drive