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Baystate Health blood mobile holds blood drive Thursday, October 20 at BFMC

October 05, 2016

The Baystate Health Blood Donor Mobile will host a blood drive on Thursday, October 20, from 11 am – 4 pm, in Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Emergency Department parking lot, off Sanderson Street. All blood types are needed. Eligible blood donors will receive their choice of a Dunkin Donuts or Big Y gift card.

Blood donations take approximately 40-45 minutes 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) and not have donated blood within the past eight weeks. Please be sure to have a good meal prior to donating, drink plenty of fluids, and bring along any lists of medications that you are currently taking.

“There is no substitute for human blood,” said Amy Benson, blood donor support recruiter with the Baystate Health Blood Donor program. “The only way our family, friends and neighbors can receive this life-saving gift is through your generosity. Your support will help ensure that a safe and adequate blood supply is always available.” Benson added, “One hundred percent of all blood collected on the Baystate Health blood mobile stays in our community for use in all Baystate Health hospitals.”

Appointments and pre-registration are recommended; however, walk-ins are also welcome. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Baystate at 413-794-4600.