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Baystate Health’s Mobile Blood Donation Team Coming to Palmer on April 5

PALMER — The Baystate Health Blood Donation team will host a blood drive at Baystate Wing Hospital on Wednesday, April 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additionally, blood drives will be held every other month on Wednesday throughout the year at Baystate Wing, including on June 7, Aug. 2, Oct. 4, and Dec. 6.

“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.”

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.

Blood drives will be 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. 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 of the donation when making the appointment.