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Red Cross to host blood drives

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive Wednesday, Dec. 18, from noon to 6 p.m. at Walmart, 3503 10th St. in Great Bend, and Friday, Dec. 20, from noon to 6 p.m. at the La Crosse City Auditorium, 417 Main St. in La Crosse.

No matter the season, many patients in hospitals around the country still need the gift of blood, platelets, or plasma. One blood donation may help save up to three lives. The Red Cross must collect 14,000 blood each day to meet ongoing patient needs. 

To make an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit or calll 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at to save time when donating.