Michelle Holmgren, Public Affairs & Community Relations Specialist
(Office) 413-967-2296 (Cell) 413-237-6743
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ware, MA (April 15, 2013) The community is invited to participate in an upcoming blood drive to be held Wednesday, May 1, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm 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 Street in Ware.
“Blood donations have been decreasing nationally,” said Suzanne Stockley, recruiter of the Baystate Health blood donor program. “All blood types are needed to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply is always available.”
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. Every eligible donor will receive a retail gift card.
“One hundred percent of all blood collected on the bloodmobile stays in our community for use in Baystate Health hospitals and facilities,” said Stockley. “Remember, there is no substitute for human blood. The only way we can provide this life-saving gift to our friends and family is through the generosity of volunteer blood donors.”
For more information or to book an appointment, please call Deb Oberg at 967-2180 or MaryAnn Burian at 967-2070 or e-mail Susanne Stockley at firstname.lastname@example.org.