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Baystate Franklin Medical Center to Host Blood Drive on Dec. 19

GREENFIELD — The Baystate Health Blood Donor Mobile will be at Baystate Franklin Medical Center on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All blood types are needed. Eligible donors will receive a gift card to Dunkin’ Donuts or Big Y. 

“The holiday season is a time for giving, but many people are pressed for time, and we see a decrease in donations during the holiday season,” said Lisa Shaw of the Baystate Health Blood Donor Program. “The gift of life is the ultimate way to be charitable throughout the year, and a blood donation to Baystate Health will have a positive impact on the people in your community when they find themselves in need. There is no substitute for human blood. The only way our family, friends, and neighbors can receive this life-saving gift is through your generosity. Your support will help ensure that a safe and adequate blood supply is always available.”

Blood donations take approximately 40 to 45 minutes to complete, including the interview, donation, and refreshments. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, have a photo ID, be in good health (no colds or sore throat), and not have donated blood within the past eight weeks. They should have a good meal prior to donating, drink plenty of fluids, and bring along any lists of medications they are currently taking.

Appointments and pre-registration are recommended; however, walk-ins are also welcome. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Baystate Health Blood Donor Program at (413) 794-4600.

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