Urgent need for blood donations

Supplies have reached critically low levels at blood banks due to high usage in area hospitals. There is an urgent need for people to donate to OneBlood (formally known as The Blood Alliance) as soon as possible. Donations are used to help ill or injured patients within a few days with a quick turn-around according to the release sent by Odette Struys. Healthy people 16 and older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required however to donate. With eight different blood types, there is a power to save lives. According to the release, all donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, iron count and temperature, including a cholesterol screening.

The OneBlood Target Your Type program gives donors the ability to learn the power of their blood type and how to donate the specific components of their blood that are most needed by area hospitals. You can make an appointment, find a donor center or a Big Red Bus near you by visiting the website or calling (888)998-2243.

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