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Red Cross holds blood donation opportunities

The American Red Cross is holding blood donation opportunities to help prevent a blood shortage caused by the usual decline of donations in August due to vacations and back-to-school activities.

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Donors with types AB, O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to donate.

Plasma from type AB donors can be transfused to patients of any blood type, as can type O negative blood. Type B negative and A negative blood can be transfused to Rh-positive or negative patients.

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These are the most in-demand blood types and are in constant need.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED CROSS — 800-733-2767.

The following dates and locations are available for blood donation in Baltimore County in August:

• From 2:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 18, Upper Cross Roads Baptist Church, at 2717 Greene Road, Baldwin.

• From 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 27, University of Maryland Rehabilitation Orthopedic Institute, at 2200 Kernan Drive, Baltimore.

• 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Baltimore Orioles — Community College of Baltimore/Catonsville, 800 S. Rolling Road, Catonsville.

• 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17, Arbutus branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, Halethorpe.

• 12:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 27, Maryland Line United Methodist Church, 21500 York Road, Maryland Line.

• 2:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 25, Merritt Athletic Club, 5301 Campbell Blvd., Nottingham.

• 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17, St. Thomas Episcopal, 232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills.

• 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 20, Owings Mills fire company, 10401 Owings Mills Blvd., Owings Mills.

• 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 21, Chick-Fil-A Owings Mills, 10480 Owings Mills Blvd., Owings Mills.

• 2:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 25, Baltimore Orioles — VFW Post 6506, 8777 Philadelphia Road, Rosedale.

• 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Stella Maris Corporation, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium.

• 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27, Mercy Ridge Retirement, 2525 Pot Spring Road, Timonium.

• 1:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 26, Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Allegheny Ave., Towson.

• 5:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 27, Greater Baltimore Medical Center Physician's Pavilion East, 6701 N. Charles St., Towson.

VFW Post 521 to host crab feast

VFW Post 521, at 214 Tollgate Road, Owings Mills, will hold its annual crab feast from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 16.

The event will feature crabs, crab soup, pit beef, fried chicken, sausage, pasta salad, coleslaw, baked beans, watermelon and more.

Admission is for people 21 and older. Music will be provided by deejay Rock n' Roy. Tickets are $45.

For more information, call 410-356-6578.

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