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Blood drives to be held

Community Blood Bank will hold four blood drives in Warren County this month in response to a critical shortage.

“There is always a way to do something positive in challenging times,” CBB Executive Director Deanna Renaud said. “Blood donors are needed desperately now, and for months to come. Many blood centers are facing the same need for donors so there is no other option but for our community to donate the blood needed here at home.”

According to CBB, most blood types are at less than a one-day supply available to the patients in need in the local hospitals.

“The blood supply has been below adequate levels in recent weeks, as elective surgeries have been rescheduled after delays due to COVID-19,” according to CBB Community Relations Specialist Jaclyn Seymour. “However, with schools and many businesses still operating remotely, blood drives continue to be canceled and donor turnout has been low.”

“We keep saying it’s the blood on the shelf that saves lives,” Renaud said. “Right now, there is not much blood on the shelf.”

Drives are scheduled for:

¯ 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 12, at Warren Area High School;

¯ noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at Holy Redeemer Center;

¯ noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, at Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department; a

¯ 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 25, at Warren Manor.

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