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Baystate Health’s Mobile Blood Donation Team Coming to Baystate Wing on April 10

PALMER — The community is invited to welcome spring by joining the Baystate Health blood drive held on Wednesday, April 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Baystate Wing Hospital. Additionally, blood drives will be held every other month on Wednesdays throughout the year at Baystate Wing on June 5, Aug. 7, Oct. 9, and Dec. 11.

“There continues to be an urgent need for blood. 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,” VanZandt continued. “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.”

Blood drives will be held at Baystate Wing Hospital at 40 Wright St., Palmer, in Snow Conference Room C. In appreciation, all eligible donors will receive a $10 gift card. For more information or to book an appointment to donate blood, call the Blood Donor Center at (413) 794-4600. When making the appointment, be sure to note the Baystate Health hospital location where the donation will be made.