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Blood supply stabilizes, but donors still sought

July 17, 2001

Following three weeks of a critical appeal for blood donations, officials of Imperial Valley Blood Services and the San Diego Blood Bank say supplies of most blood types are once again at or near safety levels.

"We are still asking anyone who can, however, to give blood during this week's community blood drive at the Farm Bureau auditorium," said blood drive coordinator Trish Burich-McNeece.

The donor center at 10th Street and Broadway in El Centro will be open from 1 until 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 8 a.m. until noon Friday.

"As usual, we especially need people with ‘O' positive, the most frequently occurring type in the population; and ‘O' negative, the ‘universal' type used in emergencies. During the summer months, blood donations typically decline because so many people are vacationing. At the same time, blood usage generally increases this time of year as more accidents tend to occur," Burich-McNeece said.

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Anyone over 17 who weighs at least 110 pounds, is in good health and has not donated in the past eight weeks may be eligible. A good meal and plenty of cold fluids are recommended before donating.

All donors will receive the new Hawaiian print "Brighten a Life" T-shirt and a buy-one, get-one-free voucher to a San Diego Chargers pre-season football game.

For more information, call 353-3554.

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