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50,000 pints short, bloodmobile needs donors

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was submitted by Ellsworth Bloodmobile Coordinator Pam Enger as the American Red Cross Bloodmobile’s local visit next Monday approaches.

The severe winter caused many cancelations, including 1,500 blood drives across the nation. Because of these cancelations, 50,000 blood donations were not realized.

In the United States, 41,000 transfusions are needed daily. The Red Cross almost ran out of the blood needed this past winter, so there is a desperate need to replenish supplies. With summer on the way, high schools will be closed and students account for 20 percent of donations nationwide.

Also with summer comes summer travel, tornadoes, hurricanes, fires and accidents, etc. More blood is needed during these months than any other time of the year.

Citizens of Ellsworth and the surrounding area are encouraged to come to Zion Covenant Church next Monday to donate. Those who gave whole blood at Ellsworth High School in March are eligible to give again. Whole blood donors can give every 56 days or up to six times a year.

Whole blood is a regular donation and has a shelf life of 42 days. It contains red cells, white cells and platelets suspended in plasma.

For more please read the May 14 print version of the Herald.