St. Mary’s Healthcare Center is hosting a blood drive, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 at St. Mary’s cafeteria, south building.

By giving blood, a donor helps replenish a community resource used by a neighbor, relative, friend or even complete stranger. The donation gives a future patient the same recovery opportunity as a current patient, because it assures blood will be on the hospital shelf when it’s needed.

Only when a significant number of people donate on a regular basis can a community maintain adequate blood supplies. “If everyone waited for an emergency to donate, many lives would be jeopardize,” said Lori Liebman, United Blood Services’ donor recruitment director. “Waiting to donate in an emergency only creates more emergencies. Blood must be available at all times in sufficient amounts to meet the needs of a community.”

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 or 17 in certain areas, must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.

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