A critical need

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In just an hour’s time, each one of us could help save a life.

The Georgia-Pacific Camas mill, 401 N.E. Adams St., is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, from 6:45 to 11:45 a.m.

While to their credit many local businesses hold blood drives throughout the year, the Camas mill in particular has employees and leadership who have been dedicated to this cause throughout the years. From folks like Brad Brown, a longtime mill employee who has helped organize and promote a number of blood drives, to Ron Hawkins who has been an event coordinator and strong supporter.

The mill’s event comes at a particularly critical time of need for the Red Cross. Severe winter weather throughout much of the United States has caused the cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations since Jan. 1. This has resulted in a dramatic drop in the January blood supply that has not been seen in a decade.

According to the Red Cross, donations are needed to help replenish the blood supply and to ensure that blood continues to be available for patients with serious medical needs. Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion.

Join the men and women at Georgia-Pacific who will be giving just a small amount of their time on Wednesday morning. These are minutes spent that could literally help save lives.