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Baystate Health’s Blood Donor Mobile Coming to Palmer in February

PALMER — During the winter, inclement weather and illness cause a drop in donor activity, making blood donations in February critical. The Baystate Health Blood Donor Mobile will host a blood drive on Thursday, Feb. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Baystate Wing Hospital parking lot, located at 40 Wright St. in Palmer. All blood types are needed. Eligible donors will receive a gift card to Big Y or Dunkin’ Donuts.

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.

“Local blood drives help us to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply is available. All blood donated to the Baystate Health Blood Donor Program stays local to help patients in all Baystate Health hospitals,” said Amy Osgood, 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.”

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.