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Blood draws up but usage on the rise, too

March 04, 2002|STAFF REPORT

Imperial Valley Blood Services is encouraging Holtville and Northend residents to give blood this week at the Holtville Civic Center on Wednesday and Brawley Tractor Parts on Thursday.

Donations will be accepted at the Holtville Civic Center, 121 W. 5th St., from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Brawley Tractor Parts, 1225 Main St. in Brawley, will hold its blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Anyone who hasn't given since Jan. 9 and 10 respectively is eligible to give again.

Donations also will be accepted in the name of Marya Silva, the Holtville toddler who has leukemia. Marya has already required numerous blood transfusions.

Blood drive coordinator Trish Burich-McNeece says all blood types are needed but especially "O" positive, "A" positive and "O" negative.

"We've had some great drives here and in San Diego in recent weeks but unfortunately blood usage at the hospitals has been up all over."

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"I can't repeat enough how the need for blood donations is year-round and how important it is to become a regular blood donor. I would ask all those first-time donors who gave after Sept. 11 and haven't donated again to please come back. There are patients here in the communities in which you live who need blood daily."

For more information, call 355-3172 or 353-3554.

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