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Baystate Health’s Mobile Blood Donation Team Announces Blood Drive on Sept. 28

PALMER — The community is invited to join the Baystate Health Blood Donation team as they partner with Palmer Ambulance and police and fire departments in a blood drive held at Baystate Wing Hospital on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“When you donate blood to Baystate Health, your precious gift remains in our local communities,” said Nicole VanZandt, supervisor of BRL Blood Donor Services. “Please help us to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply is available by donating blood with the Baystate Health Blood Donor Program.

“There is no substitute for human blood,” she added. “Blood donations take approximately one hour to complete, including the interview, donation, and refreshments. To donate blood, you 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.”

Monthly blood drives are held at Baystate Wing Hospital, 40 Wright St., Palmer, in Snow Conference Room C. 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 the hospital location at which you would like to make your donation when you make your appointment.