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

PALMER — The community is invited to join the Baystate Health blood drive being held on Wednesday, June 5 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 Aug. 7, Oct. 9, and Dec. 11.

“The need for blood donations never takes a break. 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. “Every donation is critical, and you can make a life-saving difference. 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, 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 Baystate Health hospital location where you would like to make your donation when you make your appointment.