Baystate Health’s Mobile Blood Donation Team Coming to Palmer on Aug. 24

PALMER — The Baystate Health Blood Donation team will host a blood drive at Baystate Wing Hospital on Wednesday, Aug. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Blood donations drop during the summer months because schools are out, and families become busy with summer activities and vacations. The need for blood, however, never takes a holiday,” said Nicole VanZandt, supervisor of BRL Blood Donor Services. “When you donate blood to Baystate Health, your precious gift remains in our local communities. Please help us to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply is available this summer by donating blood with the Baystate Health Blood Donor Program.

“There is no substitute for human blood,” VanZandt 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.”

The Baystate Health Mobile Blood Donation Team will be holding monthly blood drives at Baystate Wing Hospital, 40 Wright St., Palmer, in Snow Conference Room C. In appreciation, all eligible donors will receive their choice of a $10 gift card or a Big E ticket.

For more information or to book an appointment to donate blood, call the Blood Donor Center at (413) 794-4600. Please be sure to note Baystate Wing Hospital as the location you would like to make your donation at when you make your appointment.