Baystate Health Mobile Blood Donation Team Coming to Palmer on Oct. 4

PALMER — The Baystate Health Blood Donation team will host a blood drive at Baystate Wing Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blood drives are held every other month; the next blood drive at Baystate Wing Hospital will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Blood donations can be lifesaving for many people facing health conditions or problems that might require a transfusion, including cancer, trauma or injuries, operations, blood disorders, pregnancy, and birth.

“When you donate blood to Baystate Health, your precious gift remains in our local communities,” said Michael Merola, manager of Transfusion Medicine at Baystate Health. “Please help us to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply is available by donating blood with the Baystate Health Blood Donor Program.”

Blood donations take approximately one hour 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 have not donated blood within the past eight weeks.

In appreciation, all eligible donors will receive a $10 gift card or a Big E ticket while supplies last.

For more information or to book an appointment to donate blood, call the Blood Donor Center at (413) 794-4600. Be sure to note Baystate Wing Hospital as the location where you would like to make your donation when you make your appointment.