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Baystate Health Bloodmobile to Hold Blood Drive Feb. 17

GREENFIELD — The Baystate Health Blood Donor Mobile will host a blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Medical Office Building parking lot, 48 Sanderson St. All blood types are needed. All eligible donors will receive a soup mug.

“With the frequent snow storms this winter, we have had to cancel many of our scheduled blood drives,” said Saudra Rose, blood donor recruiter for Baystate Health. “We are asking for your help to build our blood supply back up again. All of our blood donations are used within our local communities. Donors can make a difference in the lives of their own families, friends, and neighbors.”

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 valid photo ID, be in good health (no colds or sore throat and no antibiotics within 48 hours), and not have donated blood within the past eight weeks. People who have had the flu vaccine or flu mist are allowed to donate.

“Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat well prior to your donation,” Rose said. “For those of you low in iron, include lots of leafy greens.”

Appointments and pre-registration are recommended; however, walk-ins are also welcome. To make an appointment, call the Blood Donor Center at (413) 794-4600 or e-mail [email protected]. Donors should indicate the approximate time they wish to donate, birthdate, phone number, and whether or not this will be their first donation within Baystate Health. Anyone with questions about their health history, medications, or ability to donate, or would like to inquire about hosting a blood drive at their business or civic organization, should also contact Reinholz.

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