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Valley blood drive for continued need

November 10, 2001|STAFF REPORT

Imperial Valley Blood Services' community blood drive will be this week at the Imperial County Farm Bureau auditorium, Tenth and Broadway in El Centro.

The donor center will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 8 a.m. until noon Friday.

Since blood has a shelf life of just 42 days, the blood collected after the Sept. 11 tragedies has been used.

"We are asking anyone who can to give this week to ensure blood is available for our local patients and for those who may be injured in our dunes over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend," said blood drive coordinator Trish Burich-McNeece.

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"We know that blood usage increases over these long holidays and donations decline," she said, "and while the blood supply is in good shape right now, we want to keep it that way."

Anyone who hasn't donated since Sept. 19 is eligible to give again.

Those who gave at the Sheriff's Office or Border Patrol drives must wait until November 15 and donors who gave at Government Agencies Federal Credit Union aren't eligible again until Nov. 16. First-time donors are also needed.

Burich-McNeece said she wants everyone to understand that blood collected by Imperial Valley Blood Services is sent to the San Diego Blood Bank for processing and testing but then is returned to the two hospitals to help local patients who need blood every day of the year.

"Without the support and generosity of our many donors, patients in the Valley would be at risk," she said.

For more information, call 353-3554.

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