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Red Cross and country music star Martina McBride urge Americans to give comfort through blood donation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Nov. 16, 2020) —The American Red Cross and country music star Martina McBride have joined together this holiday season to remind people to take care of one another, sharing comfort and joy with hospitals patients through the gift of blood donation. Health emergencies don’t pause for a pandemic or holiday celebrations. The Red Cross needs the help of blood donors across the country and here in Ohio now to ensure patients continue to have access to lifesaving blood.

 

Red Cross and country music star Martina McBride urge Americans to give comfort through blood donation

 

 

Red Cross and country music star Martina McBride urge Americans to give comfort through blood donation

Suburban Propane is supporting the effort by offering blood donors a chance to win an Outdoor Living Experience, powered by Propane for those who give Nov. 15 to Dec. 15

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Nov. 16, 2020) —The American Red Cross and country music star Martina McBride have joined together this holiday season to remind people to take care of one another, sharing comfort and joy with hospitals patients through the gift of blood donation. Health emergencies don’t pause for a pandemic or holiday celebrations. The Red Cross needs the help of blood donors across the country and here in Ohio now to ensure patients continue to have access to lifesaving blood.

 

As the U.S. experiences a new surge in COVID-19 cases, the Red Cross is becoming increasingly concerned about the nation’s blood supply – including convalescent plasma. A convalescent plasma donation collects plasma from COVID-19 survivors because antibodies to the disease in their blood may help patients who are currently fighting the virus. Increased hospitalization of patients with coronavirus this fall and winter has caused the Red Cross to distribute a record number of COVID-19 plasma products to hospitals treating patients who are battling the virus.

 

This holiday season, Martina McBride is reaching out to country music fans and all eligible individuals. “If nobody has ever asked you to give blood before, I’m asking you to give blood – especially during this trying time,” she said.

 

As a thank-you for helping meet the need for blood donations from Nov.15 through Dec. 15, Suburban Propane is offering blood, platelet and plasma donors a chance to win an Outdoor Living Experience, powered by Propane, to enable a lucky winner to enjoy socially distanced celebrations with family and friends this holiday season. The prize includes a propane-powered pizza oven, fire pit, outdoor heater and stipend towards propane.*

 

“Through our SuburbanCares initiative, giving back to our local communities is a top priority, and what better way to do that than to donate blood. Suburban is delighted to sponsor a Propane Experience Giveaway to help motivate more people to give the gift of life this holiday season,” said Nandini Sankara, spokesperson for Suburban Propane.

 

Eligible individuals are urged to make an appointment to donate blood now to help patients in need. Find a donation opportunity using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

“Giving comfort to patients by providing lifesaving blood products is fundamental to the Red Cross mission. However, it’s not possible without the support of generous blood donors and dedicated partners, like Martina McBride and Suburban Propane,” said Paul Sullivan, senior vice president at the Red Cross. “While we have certainly experienced unparalleled hardships this year, we have also witnessed great acts of kindness – like COVID-19 survivors rolling up their sleeves to share their antibodies with patients battling the illness. Donating blood, plasma or platelets is an act of kindness that truly makes a lifesaving difference.”

 

Lifesaving plasma brings joy and a second chance

Lacy Atkinson is a 37-year-old COVID-19 survivor, in part thanks to a stranger who rolled up their sleeves to donate convalescent plasma and help her body fight back. Atkinson’s life was turned upside down when she was hospitalized for COVID-19 in September. During her stay, infectious disease doctors tried multiple treatments to help her recover with limited success – but she just wasn’t getting better. “My oxygen levels were still low, and I had severe pneumonia in both my lungs,” Atkinson said.

 

Desperate to help her, doctors offered the one treatment they had left: convalescent plasma. Thankfully, this treatment helped her recover. “I felt such gratitude for the donor who helped me beat COVID. I have a husband, two kids and three dogs that I desperately wanted to get home to. I have a lot of life left to live! I’m so thankful that plasma was available when I needed it.”

 

COVID-19 antibody testing of blood donations

The Red Cross is testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies which helps provide insight to donors concerning possible prior exposure to this virus. Donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within one to two weeks through our Red Cross Blood Donor App or on the donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. As part of this effort, plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma. Each week, whole blood donors with COVID-19 antibodies are helping to contribute between 350-500 units of potentially lifesaving convalescent plasma for patients in need.

 

The Red Cross is not administering diagnostic tests intended to diagnose illness. As such, to protect the health and safety of our staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

 

Blood donation safety precautions

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

 

 

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Nov. 16-Dec. 15:

Perry County

 

Crooksville

12/2/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Douglas E. Cannon Family Rec Center, 100 N. Buckeye St.

 

New Lexington

11/25/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., St. Rose PCC - Community Center, 120 Water St.

12/4/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ludowici - Local 505, 4757 Tile Plant Rd., PO Box 69

 

Somerset

12/1/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Somerset United Methodist Church, 139 E. Main St, PO Box

 

Thornville

12/5/2020: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

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Athens County

 

Athens

11/19/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Baker Center, 1 Park Place

11/23/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

11/25/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

11/25/2020: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Athens Recreation Center, 701 E. State Street

12/3/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

12/9/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

12/10/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Richland United Methodist Church, 60 Pomeroy Rd

12/15/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Athens County Chapter, 100 May Ave.

 

Glouster

12/9/2020: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Trimble High School, One Tomcat Drive

 

Nelsonville

12/8/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stuart's Opera House, 52 Public Square

 

The Plains

12/7/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Plains United Methodist Church, 3 North Plains Rd

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Clark County

 

Springfield

11/25/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Red Cross - Springfield, 1830 North Limestone Street

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Coshocton County

 

Coshocton

11/23/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Stret

12/2/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

12/2/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Roscoe United Methodist Church, 475 High Street

 

Fresno

12/1/2020: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 29445 County Rd. 10

 

West Lafayette

11/17/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kirk Street Event Center, 113 S. Kirk Street

11/27/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kirk Street Event Center, 113 S. Kirk Street

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Fairfield County

 

Amanda

12/15/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Amanda Fire Department, 211 No. Johns Street

 

Baltimore

12/14/2020: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., The Grove Community Christian Church, 3420 Blacklick Eastern Rd.

12/15/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., VFW Post 3761, 2155 Reynoldsburg Baltimore Rd.

 

Bremen

11/24/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bremen United Methodist Church, 205 Walnut St

 

Lancaster

11/27/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Johns Family Community Blood Drive, 343 E. Walnut St.

12/1/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., X Church, 1635 River Valley Circle South

12/2/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 343 E. Walnut Street

12/4/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 343 E. Walnut St.

12/7/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

12/8/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

12/10/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mark Church, 324 Gay St.

 

Millersport

12/2/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Millersport Lions Club, 2900 Chautauqua Blvd

 

Pickerington

11/16/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 283, 7725 Refugee Rd. N.W.

11/18/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Violet Baptist Church, 8345 Blacklick-Eastern Rd. NW

11/27/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Pickerington Church of the Nazarene, 11775 Pickerington Rd. NW

12/5/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Violet Baptist Church, 8345 Blacklick Eastern Road

12/9/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pickerington Church of the Nazarene, 11775 Pickerington Road NW

12/10/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Logos Bible Church, 623 Hill Rd. N

12/12/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Pickerington Church of the Nazarene, 11775 Pickerington Road NW

 

Rushville

11/17/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lions Club Meeting Hall, 2960 Logan Thornville Road

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Fayette County

 

Jeffersonville

12/12/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Jeffersonville Lions Club, One Railroad Street

 

Washington Court House

11/16/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 175 Halliday Way

12/11/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fayette County Victim Witness Division, 133 S. Main St.

12/15/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Place

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Greene County

 

Beavercreek

11/19/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Fairfield Commons, 2727 Fairfield Commons

12/10/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Om Shanthi Hall/Hindu Temple of Dayton, 2615 Temple Lane

12/15/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Fairfield Commons, 2727 Fairfield Commons

 

Dayton

12/8/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Be Hope Church, 1850 North Fairfield Road

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

12/2/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stop Nine Church, 60312 Southgate Road

 

Cambridge

12/13/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Community Health Link, 1205 Clark Street

12/15/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Center United Methodist Church, 11026 State Route 22

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Harrison County

 

Freeport

12/8/2020: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Antrim Mennonite Church, 20360 Cadiz Road

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

11/18/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Adena Greenfield Medical Center at Greenfield Area Christian Center, 910 N 5th Street

12/3/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Greenfield McClain High School, 200 N. 5th Street

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Hocking County

 

Logan

11/24/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 258 E. Hunter St

11/28/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Logan High School Chieftain Center, 14470 State Route 328

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Licking County

 

Buckeye Lake

11/30/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Buckeye Lake FOE, 3240 Walnut Road

 

Etna

11/18/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Daybreak Church, 1226 Pike Street

12/10/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Daybreak Church, 1226 Pike Street

 

Granville

11/18/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., RevLocal, 4009 Columbus Road

11/21/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church, 102 E. Broadway

11/24/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., The United Church of Granville, 115 West Broadway

 

Heath

11/27/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Indian Mound Mall, 771 S. 30th St

 

Hebron

12/10/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Post 285, 108 Waters Street

 

Johnstown

12/14/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church of the Ascension Worship Center, 555 South Main St

 

Newark

11/17/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/19/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/20/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/22/2020: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Crossroads Christian Church, 11784 Marne Road

11/24/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Trek Brewing Company, 1486 Granville Rd

11/24/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/25/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/27/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

11/29/2020: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Highwater Church, 1213 Dutch Lane Road

11/30/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Licking County Chapter House, 143 South 30th Street

12/1/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

12/2/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

12/3/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

12/4/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

12/8/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

12/9/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

12/10/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

12/10/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., YMCA-Licking County, 470 W. Church St.

12/11/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

12/11/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., St. Francis de Sales School, 38 Granville Street

12/11/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., TrueCore, 215 Deo Drive

12/15/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Licking County Chapter House, 143 South 30th Street

12/15/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

11/16/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tri Village Christian Church, 7509 E. Broad St SW

11/20/2020: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Summit Station United Methodist Church, 6626 Summit Rd SW

11/25/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Licking County Family YMCA, 355 West Broad Street

 

Utica

11/19/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Utica Church of Christ, 115 North Central Avenue

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Madison County

 

London

12/11/2020: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick Church, 61 S. Union Street

12/15/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Trinity Hall, 8530 Lilly-Chapel, Georgesville Rd SE

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Morgan County

 

Malta

12/4/2020: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Malta United Methodist Church Youth Building, 115 Fourth Street

 

McConnelsville

12/10/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Morgan High School, 800 Raider Drive

 

Stockport

12/9/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Stockport United Methodist Church, 3455 Market St., P.O Box 116

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Muskingum County

 

Frazeysburg

11/20/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Meadow View Church of Christ, 6750 Raiders Road

 

Zanesville

11/16/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

11/21/2020: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., South Zanesville UMC, 53 E Main St

11/21/2020: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., North Terrace Church of Christ, 1420 Brandywine Blvd

11/24/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

11/30/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

12/8/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

12/14/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Noble County

 

Caldwell

12/3/2020: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Community Center, 44187 Fairgrounds Rd

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Perry County

 

Crooksville

12/2/2020: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Douglas E. Cannon Family Rec Center, 100 N. Buckeye St.

 

New Lexington

11/25/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., St. Rose PCC - Community Center, 120 Water St.

12/4/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ludowici - Local 505, 4757 Tile Plant Rd., PO Box 69

 

Somerset

12/1/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Somerset United Methodist Church, 139 E. Main St, PO Box

 

Thornville

12/5/2020: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thornville Masonic Lodge, 44 E. Columbus Street

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Pickaway County

 

Ashville

11/23/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Ashville Elementary School, 90 Walnut St

 

Circleville

11/18/2020: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

11/20/2020: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Circleville High School, 380 Clark Drive

11/20/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center, 777 E. Ohio St.

12/1/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 East Mound Street

12/1/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

 

South Bloomfield

12/4/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., South Bloomfield Community Blood Drive, 5000 Park Place

 

Williamsport

12/3/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 107  Green Street

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Ross County

 

Bainbridge

12/8/2020: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Paint Valley High School, 7454 U.S. Route 50

12/11/2020: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 105 W.3rd Street

 

Chillicothe

11/23/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

11/27/2020: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

12/1/2020: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

12/11/2020: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Adena Regional Medical Center, 446 Hospital Road

12/15/2020: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., South Central Ohio Chapter, 181 N Bridge St

 

Kingston

12/9/2020: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Zane Trace High School, 946 St. Rt. 180

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Tuscarawas County

 

Newcomerstown

12/9/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 121 South College Street

 

 

 

 

 

About blood donation

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.

 

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

 

*See complete official rules and terms and conditions of the giveaway.

 

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Free Legal Clinic | Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Dec 01, 2020 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM — Perry County Courthouse - 105 North Main Street, New Lexington, OH 43764
Blood Drive Crooksville Recreation Center | Wednesday, December 2, 2020 Dec 02, 2020 01:00 PM - 07:00 PM — Crooksville Recreation Center - 100 N Buckeye St, Crooksville, OH 43731
Blood Drive Thornville Masonic Lodge Saturday, December 5, 2020 Dec 05, 2020 07:00 AM - 12:30 PM — Thornville Masonic Lodge #521 - 44 E Columbus St, Thornville, OH 43076
Blood Drive Perry County Senior Center | Friday, December 18, 2020 Dec 18, 2020 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Perry County Senior Center - 520 First St, New Lexington, OH 43764
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