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The community's next quarterly blood drive takes place noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, 14673 Cantova Way. Donors must be at least 16, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health and bearing a photo I.D. Donors 16 or 17 years old must have a signed parental consent form. (There's information here.) The drive is sponsored by the church's St. Vincent De Paul Society and the Rancho Murieta Women's Club. It's being staged by Vitalant, formerly known as BloodSource. Donors will receive a 10 percent discount coupon for Buona Vita Yogurt and a chance to win a gift card from Green Acres in Folsom.

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Blood drive needs extra help

Organizers of the community's quarterly blood drive, coming up Jan. 28, want it known that they need extra help this time. January is usually a slow time for blood contributions, but this year has additional challenges with the cold and flu going around and the federal government shutdown, which has forced cancellation of blood drives scheduled at government buildings.

There is an extra promotion for donors during next week's blood drive. You can enter a drawing for a $250 Raley's gift card and a $250 Best Buy gift card. (To enter the drawing, you need to enter the code REDZONE19 when you access your MyBloodSource rewards at bloodsource.org. The promotion ends Jan. 31.)

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