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Pine River blood drive brings in 19 volunteers

The Pine River Lions hosted a blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Pine River-Backus Elementary School, which helped collect 17 units of blood for patients in need.

A total of 19 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 14 were able to do so. Three donors donated Power Red Cells (2RBC), which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor. One person volunteered for the first time.

Donald Norman coordinated the drive; Pine River Lions sponsored the blood drive; and Cindy Miller and Art Schmidt helped the day of the drive.

Vitalant strives to keep a five-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times to be able to meet the needs of patients across the region. Donations from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are especially important this time of year due to increased accidents and trauma cases.

Donors can make an appointment to give blood at or by calling 877-25-VITAL. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn points in Vitalant's donor rewards program.

Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their health history questionnaire the day they donate at