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West Linn faces off with a pair of neighboring cities in 'Blood Challenge'

Competing to see which city can collect the most blood donations

When West Linn hosts its “City Blood Challenge Drive” next week, it will be competing against more than just itself.

Instead, West Linn will take on Lake Oswego and Happy Valley in a challenge to see who can collect the most blood over the course of two days. The challenge will run at City Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11 and 12.

“Many of us here at city hall have already signed up to participate,” West Linn Citizen Engagement Coordinator Lori Hall said. “There is nothing like a little friendly competition to encourage folks to take the time to donate blood.”

According to the Red Cross, which is sponsoring the Blood Challenge, each individual blood donation can save up to three lives.

Across the nation, it is estimated that someone needs a unit of blood every two or three seconds.

“It is powerful to think that the West Linn community could potentially save hundreds of lives during our two-day blood drive,” Hall said.

The Blood Challenge is open to all eligible donors in West Linn, and appointments are recommended. Donors must be at least 17 years of age, and weight at least 110 pounds. For more information about donation eligibility, visit westlinnoregon.gov/sites/default/files/fileattachments/communications/page/10022/common_eligibility_questions.pdf.

For general information on the Blood Challenge, visit westlinnoregon.gov/communications/west-linn-blood-drive.