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Sanford Worthington to host winter blood drive Thursday

WORTHINGTON -- Sanford Worthington will host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday. The blood drive will benefit the local blood supply. Individuals who have donated multiple times, as well as those donating f...

WORTHINGTON - Sanford Worthington will host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

The blood drive will benefit the local blood supply. Individuals who have donated multiple times, as well as those donating for the first time, are invited. A person can donate blood every 56 days.

“This year began with heavier than normal blood usage and coupled with a strong cold and flu season placed the blood supply in ‘high’ needs status,” Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken Versteeg said. “Many people have struggled with the flu or cold this season, preventing them from being able to give blood. We encourage those that are feeling well and healthy to help support the blood supply during a difficult time to keep supplies at healthy levels. We are in great need of all blood types.”

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Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org ), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health the day of the donation. Please bring an ID with you. It is recommended that you eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating blood. It only takes 30 to 35 minutes to donate with Community Blood Bank. Special Valentine’s refreshments will be available for all who donate.

Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood and blood products to 30 local area hospitals, including Sanford Worthington. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 372-3319. Walk-ins are always welcome.

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