Community Blood Drive Will Be Held On Friday

The Community Blood Bank is experiencing a critical blood shortage for blood types A+, A-, O+ & O-.

Two blood drives are scheduled in the next week. The first is from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Riverwalk Medical Center, 15 S. Main St., Jamestown; and the second is from noon to 5 p.m. in the UPMC Chautauqua WCA auditorium, 207 Foote Ave., Jamestown.

“This time of year puts a strain on the blood supply because of the weather and illnesses,” says Jaclyn Seymour, community relations specialist for the Community Blood Bank. “However, the need for blood is constant. We need those who can donate to please come to the blood drive to help fill the need for the local hospitals.”

The Community Blood Bank of NWPA & WNY is the exclusive blood supplier to UPMC Chautauqua. For more information, visit fourhearts.org or call 814-456-4206.

Individuals are eligible to give blood if it has been 56 days since their last donation; they are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent); weigh at least 110 pounds; have not received a tattoo or body piercing in the past 12 months; are in good general health and do not have a cold or the flu. Donors must have a valid photo identification in order to donate. Prior to donating, those giving blood should eat a good, solid meal and drink at least 18 ounces of water.

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