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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-23-2020

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10 CUMBERLAND JULY 23-29, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND — The Rhode Island Blood Center is urging healthy individuals to donate blood at the Arnold Mills Community House blood drive on Aug. 13 in an attempt to address blood supply deficits. Ordinarily, the RIBC keeps a sev- en-day inventory of all blood types to ensure a safe blood supply, but recently has had only a two- or three- day supply of critical blood types. This is due partly to a lack of mobile blood drives hosted by schools, organizations, and businesses, which make up half of the region's incom- ing blood supply. The mobile blood drives were can- celed in March because of COVID- 19, and though multiple mobile blood drives have safely been held since June, many organizations that have typically held events have not reopened yet. Because of this, the RIBC is only able to run 55 mobile blood drives this month compared to last July's 117 blood drives. The RIBC is having donors sched- ule appointments on its website to prevent overcrowding and so safety regulations are followed, but 20 per- cent of donors are not showing up for their appointments. "Because we are scheduling appointments to allow for social distancing, we cannot make up for those precious missed donations with walk-in donors," said Kara LeBlanc, marketing communications manager for the RIBC. The RIBC has six donor centers and has extended the hours and days of operation to expand the availabil- ity of appointments. To keep donors and staff safe, new safety measures have been put in place such as taking temperatures of both staff and donors upon entering the centers, requiring face coverings, ensuring social distancing protocols, and disinfecting frequently touched areas. People who experience symptoms of COVID-19, such as difficulty breathing, cough, or shortness of breath, or who have been in close contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19, are asked to avoid donating until two weeks after their illness has been settled. The RIBC does not test for COVID-19. The Cumberland blood drive will be held on Thursday, Aug.13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 75 Hillside Road in the Arnold Mills Community House meeting room. Schedule an appoint- ment at and enter sponsor code 3987 to sign up for this specific blood drive. The first 20 donors will receive $5 to Phantom Farms, and all presenting donors age 21 and older will receive a coupon for one free pint of beer at participating locations. All presenting donors will also be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Donating blood takes one hour and walk-ins will only be accepted if safe spacing permits at the time of arrival. All donors are asked to eat, hydrate, and bring identification with them. Blood donations needed to curb summer shortage By CLAUDIA STEPIEN Valley Breeze Intern Cumberland resident earns Freightliner's Leland James Elite Award CUMBERLAND – Cumberland resident Steve Gustafson, vice president of fleet sales at Advantage Truck Group, has been named by Freightliner Trucks as a Leland James Elite award recipient as one of the top 32 sales professionals in North America for 2019 recognized for sales excellence, customer service and industry leadership. Gustafson, who has worked at Advantage Truck Group's Shrewsbury, Mass., location for more than 20 years, has earned this dis- tinction 14 times since Freightliner first presented its sales achievement award in 2004. Established in 2003 and named in honor of Freightliner Trucks' founder, the Leland James Elite Sales Achievement program rec- ognizes and rewards outstanding sales representatives and managers in the Freightliner dealer network through- out the United States and Canada. BUSINESS NEWS got a news tip? 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