The Pine River community hosted a blood drive with Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, Wednesday, June 17, at The Warehouse, which helped collect a total of 23 units of blood products for patients in need.

A total of 24 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 22 individuals were able to donate. One donor also came forward to donate Power Red Cells (2RBC), which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor. There were seven people who volunteered for the first time.

Donald Norman coordinated the drive, and Pine River Lions sponsored the blood drive.

Vitalant is the only blood provider to nearly 70 hospitals across the region. The blood supply is dependent on donations from volunteer donors to ensure the lifesaving needs of the region are met.

About 30 percent of Vitalant’s blood supply goes to cancer patients across the region and one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood.

Donors can make an appointment to give blood at www.bloodhero.com 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 www.vitalant.org.