Blood drive set for Wednesday in Youngsville

The region’s blood supply is approaching dangerously low levels.

“Community Blood Bank is sending out an appeal to the community as the blood supply for the region plummets to dangerous levels,” Community Relations Specialist Erin Tighe said. “There is no better time than now for people to roll up their sleeves.”

“Hospital usage continues to trend upward as the number of people donating has been steadily low,” Tighe said.

The time of year is contributing to the need.

“The dip in supply presents an increased concern for blood bank officials because of the holiday season,” she said. “Community Blood Bank will be closed December 24 and 31 in observation of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. This means leading in to those holidays there needs to be a strong supply in order to keep the community safe.”

“Blood and blood products are used to help treat everything from leukemia to burns. That need doesn’t stop, holiday or not,” Community Blood Bank Interim Executive Director Dee Rosenthal said. “All types are needed. However, there has been a near constant critical need for type O. Make time to donate blood with CBB in December and give the best gift of all – the gift of life.”

There will be a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Youngsville Fire Hall.

Appointments are encouraged to reduce wait times, but not required. Those interested in scheduling an appointment may contact Shari Jerman at (814) 688-3696.

All those who donate through Community Blood Bank in December will be entered to win a Peloton exercise bike and a six-month Peloton subscription.


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