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UPPER PENINSULA — Upper Peninsula Health Systems is in need of O-positive, O-negative, A-negative, B-positive and B-negative blood donors. They are reaching out to the community to encourage people to come in and save a life.
“It’s important to maintain an adequate and safe blood supply and in order to do that, we have to rely on volunteer blood donors to donate. So it’s always important to donate when there is a big need, but it’s also important to remember that you can donate every 8 weeks and your body can tolerate that donation, as long as you follow the basic simple steps of pre-donation,” says Sallie Coron, Coordinator of Blood Collections at UPHS Regional Blood Center.
Pre-donation steps include:
- Age: You must be at least 17 years old to donate or 16 with parental permission. You can find the permission form here.
- You must weigh at least 110 pounds.
- You should be in good health.
- You must have a photo ID.
- It has to have been at least 8 weeks since your last donation.
- It’s very important to eat and hydrate within 2 hours prior to donating.
All blood donated through UPHS stays in the U.P.
Sallie Coron continues, “We do move blood all over the U.P. depending on where the biggest need is and what the need is, what type is needed. So it does stay local so we always encourage people to give locally so we can help people locally.”
Remember that this Friday is Spread Goodness Day, a perfect way to spread goodness is by donating blood.
If you are interested in donating blood find a map of donation centers here. Most center accept walk-ins but you may want to call ahead to be sure.
Just because they aren’t in need of your blood type, doesn’t mean you can’t donate!