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Hackensack blood drive to help avoid winter blood shortages

Hackensack area residents are gearing up for a community blood drive to help prevent possible blood shortages in the coming weeks.

The Hackensack Lions Club and Faith in Action have scheduled a community blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 220 3rd St. South, just east of the Birchwood Char House in Hackensack.

To schedule an appointment, call Faith in Action at 218-675-5435.

United Blood Services provides a free cholesterol screening with each donation. 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 and 17 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.

Forms and more information are available online, including information on medications that can be taken while being a blood donor.

Call 1-800-917-4929 to ask about medications, tattoos, piercings, cancer history, transfusions or other illnesses that could bar donors from donating.

To help speed up the process, donors can now complete their health history the day of donation by visiting www.unitedbloodservices.org.

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