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Baystate Health’s Blood Mobile Coming to Ware on Nov. 21

WARE — As the season of Thanksgiving approaches, make donating blood part of your holiday celebration. The community is invited to join a blood drive on Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baystate Mary Lane. The Baystate Health Bloodmobile will be parked in the 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. “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.”

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.

“Remember, there is no substitute for human blood,” said Maryann Burian, who joins Oberg in the planning and coordination the mobile blood drives held at the hospital. “In appreciation, all eligible donors will receive a Dunkin’ Donuts or Big Y gift card.”

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

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