A community blood drive has been planned in Merrill on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pine Crest Nursing Home, 2100 E. 6th St.
“Donating blood is a wonderful way to help others. We are very grateful to people who regularly give back by giving blood,” said Jan Hadsell of the Community Blood Center. “When you donate blood, you can make a real difference in someone’s life. What a wonderful, special way to help someone!”
Advance donation appointments are highly recommended, and may be made by calling Mary at 715-536-0355 or visiting www.save3lives.org. Walk-in donors are welcome, but scheduling an appointment helps ensure a fast and convenient process.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, and bring a photo ID. Donors are encouraged to eat a regular meal and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating.
Since 1955, the Community Blood Center has worked with volunteer blood donors to provide a steady, reliable blood supply for hospitals. Today, the blood center remains a nonprofit organization committed to serving hospital patients. The blood center is also a donor center with the National Marrow Donor Program, facilitating transplants for patients with life-threatening diseases.