Baystate Blood Donor Mobile Coming to Ware on Sept. 9

WARE — Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, and just one donation can help save two lives.

With that in mind, the community is invited to participate in an upcoming blood drive to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital on the Baystate Health Blood Donor Mobile. The bloodmobile will be parked in the Baystate Mary Lane Hospital North (visitors) parking lot, located at 85 South St. in Ware.

“Please help us to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply is available by donating blood with the Baystate Health Blood Donor Program,” said Deb Oberg, co-coordinator of the blood drive, which is sponsored by Country Bank and Baystate Mary Lane Hospital. “One donation helps to save two lives, and 100{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} of all blood collected on the bloodmobile stays in our community for use in Baystate Health hospitals and facilities.”

Added Maryann Burian, who joins Oberg in the planning and coordination of blood drives held at the hospital, “ remember, there is no substitute for human blood. In appreciation, all eligible donors will receive a one-day pass to the Big E.”

Blood donations take approximately one hour to complete, including the interview, donation, and refreshments. To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, have a photo ID, be in good health (no cold or sore throat, and no antibiotics within 48 hours), and have not donated blood within the past eight weeks.

For more information or to book an appointment, call Oberg at (413) 967-2180 or Burian at (413) 967-2070.

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