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Community Donation Centers Set To Help Avoid Winter Blood Shortages

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Reno, NV - It might look like a winter wonderland at times but the winter weather is no wonderland for hospital patients who depend on blood to keep them healthy and alive.  Reno/Sparks and Carson City residents are urged to consider donating at one of three community donation centers in our area to help prevent possible blood shortages this month.

"In areas with more harsh winter weather, cold weather and storms often keep people from donating blood," says Steve Thomas of United Blood Services. "With fewer people donating blood, some parts of the country run the risk of having critical blood shortages," Thomas continued.  To make sure there's a dependable blood supply locally, United Blood Services is asking all eligible blood donors to consider donating at either their Reno, Sparks or Carson City community donation centers this month.

United Blood Services provides a free cholesterol screening with each donation. Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height and weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.  To make your appointment easier, just log on www.BloodHero.com or call 324-6454. 

"While the Holidays are upon us with a drop in blood donations our hospital patients' need for blood is as strong as ever," said Lisa Rogers who is the Reno Fixed Site Donor Recruitment Supervisor.  "You can help to save a life by donating blood today," added Rogers.                                                                    

United Blood Services of Reno is the sole blood products supplier to 20 hospitals in northern Nevada and they need approximately 150 blood donations every day to meet the increasing demand for their three principal blood products that are red blood cells, platelets and plasma.

"We hope everyone will consider becoming a blood donor if they are not now coming in to donate," said Rogers.  "Blood donations are essential for our community's hospital patients and other critically ill people in our community," stated Rogers.

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