Blood Bank seeks donors

CLARION Community Blood Bank is holding a blood drive from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14 at UPMC Clarion Community Medicine located at 22681 State Route 68 in Clarion.

The Community Blood Bank needs blood donations from local blood donors now to help boost the blood supply for our community. The current blood supply levels are critically low and can only be replenished with donations from volunteer blood donors.

The need for blood never stops and there is no substitute for blood when it is needed for a patient.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to add an additional stress on the already strained blood supply. Due to the ongoing pandemic, around 30 percent of the Community Blood Bank's blood drive partners are forced to cancel their routine blood drives.

"It's imperative we continue to make up for those lost units of blood," said Kathy Hastings, mobile drive coordinator for the Community Blood Bank.

"These cancellations are forcing us to stretch our donor base very thin. In addition to our current donors, we need new donors and people who have not donated in a while to come give blood at the blood drives that are able to go on as planned to help restore the local blood supply to adequate levels," Hastings said.

Donors are encouraged to help adhere to social distancing and other safety protocols.

Additionally, donors in April are automatically entered into a weekly drawing for a $100 Home Improvement Store gift card. Donors can also receive a Proud Blood Donor yard sign to show their support and help encourage new donors.

Remember, 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 110pounds; 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.

You 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.

For more information or to find out if you are eligible please visit http://www.fourhearts.org or call (877) 842-0631.