Community Blood Center, the provider of blood services to local hospitals, will conduct a blood drive on Monday, Dec. 17, at Northeast Vernon High School gym to help the local hospital patients in our area who depend on life saving blood donations.
Last year, 28,000 individuals in our area needed a blood transfusion. This year, the local needs for blood are expected to rise.
“When individuals normally think of essential community services, they think about the fire and police departments,” said Dr. Jay Menitove, Executive Director and Medical Director with Community Blood Center. “However, because Community Blood Center is here to meet the needs of local patients, we would hope that individuals in our community would consider us to be just as essential.”
Individuals in Walker can help meet the local needs by donating blood at the Community Blood Center blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec.17, in the gym at Northeast Vernon High School, 216 E Leslie Avenue. To make an appointment online go to http://www.esavealifenow.org/ and use Sponsor Code NEVernon. You may also contact Laurie Bybee at 417/465-2221.
Just one donation can help as many as two local hospital patients. Community Blood Center must collect at least 580 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of our area.