Summer is a notoriously difficult time for blood and platelet collections because of summer vacations. However, the need for blood and platelets never takes a holiday.
The Baystate Health Bloodmobile will host blood drives at many locations in August, including the Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center in Ware on Wednesday, August 29 and at Baystate Wing Hospital on Thursday August 30.
“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. “One donation helps to save lives and 100% 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 at both sites will receive a one day pass to the Big E.”
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.
For more information or to schedule an appointment at any blood donor location, please call 413-794-4600 or toll free at 1-877-612-5663.