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Baystate Franklin Medical Center to Host Blood Drive on March 30

GREENFIELD — The Baystate Health Blood Donor Mobile will host a blood drive on Friday, March 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Baystate Franklin Medical Center parking lot, located at 164 High St., Greenfield. All blood types are needed. Eligible donors will receive a gift card from Dunkin’ Donuts or Big Y.

“The Franklin County community is always so generous, and we could use their support right now. Due to a challenging flu season and recent inclement weather, blood collections have been on the decline for Baystate Health,” said Amy Benson, blood donor support recruiter with the Baystate Health Blood Donor Program. “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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