Thirty people answer the call at blood drive in Pine River

Aug. 30 event deemed a success

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PINE RIVER — The Pine River community hosted a blood drive with Vitalant on Aug. 30 at Lifehouse Coffee and collected a total of 28 units of blood products for patients in need.

A total of 30 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 28 individuals were able to successfully donate. Two donors 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 three people who volunteered for the first time.

Donald Norman coordinated the drive, the Pine River Lions sponsored the blood drive, and Cindy Miller and Art Schmidt helped at the drive.

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The need for blood never ceases. Blood is only usable for 42 days, so a constant supply is always needed, no matter the season. Each day in this region, to keep up with patient needs - including preemies, surgery patients, accident victims and those battling cancer - 250 volunteer blood donors are needed daily.

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 reward points.


Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments, while the blood draw typically taking less than 10 minutes. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their health history questionnaire the day they donate at /health.

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