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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Blood Drive In Bradford Saturday/St. Marys On Tuesday

Type O Blood Supply Continues to Fall

The local supply of Type O blood continues to fall, now dropping to the 25% level. Extremely heavy local usage continued this week, while donations have remained flat. The blood supply was 400 pints higher last year at this time.

Regional usage has increased over the past several months. The blood bank expects the problem to worsen as the holidays approach; donors will get busier and busier and fewer will make time to give blood.

The Community Blood Bank is taking donors on Saturday at 24 Davis Street, Union Square in Bradford from 9-1pm. No appointment is needed to save a life.

There is a blood drive in St Mary's at Elk Regional Health Center on Tuesday December 6th from 10am to 4pm.

"It was a tough Thanksgiving weekend," said Dan Desrochers, Director of Marketing at the Community Blood Bank. "Every unit we get seems to go right back into another patient in need."

All donors are strongly encouraged to donate. The Community Blood Bank is located at 24 Davis Street in Union Square across from the Sports Café in the BRMC Laboratory. Hours are on Saturdays 9am to 1pm. No appointment is necessary. All donors are strongly encouraged to donate. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Photo ID is required.


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