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January 6 blood drive to be held in Ware

WARE — January is National Blood Donor Month, a time to celebrate blood donors and to raise awareness about the need for more donors.

During National Blood Donor Month the community is invited to participate in a blood drive held on January 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital on the Baystate Health Blood Donor Mobile.

The bloodmobile will be parked in the Baystate Mary Lane Hospital North (visitors) parking lot, located at 85 South St. in Ware.
“Please help us to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply is available by donating blood with Baystate Health Blood Donor Program,” said Deb Oberg, co-coordinator of the Blood Drive held in Ware, noting the blood drive is sponsored by Country Bank and Baystate Mary Lane Hospital. “One donation helps to save two lives and 100{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} of all blood collected on the bloodmobile stays in our community for use in Baystate Health hospitals and facilities.”

“Remember, there is no substitute for human blood,” said Maryann Burian, who joins Oberg in the planning and coordination the Mobile Blood Drives held at the hospital. “In appreciation, all eligible donors will receive a “Pick Your Plastic” Gift Card.”
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, sore throat; no antibiotics within 48 hours); and you may not have donated blood within the past eight weeks.

For more information or to book an appointment, please call Deb Oberg at (413) 967-2180 or MaryAnn Burian at (413) 967-2070.

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