Community blood drive scheduled at YMCA
The YMCA of the Northwoods is planning a community blood drive Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Rhinelander.
The YMCA is located at 2003 Winnebago Street in Rhinelander, and both YMCA members and community members are invited to participate.
“I encourage everyone to consider giving blood at this drive. Being a blood donor can be a meaningful experience- you know that your donation could make a very real difference in someone’s life. And that’s a special way to make an impact,” Jan Hadsell of the Community Blood Center said.
Advance donation appointments are highly recommended, and may be made by calling the YMCA Welcome Center at 715-362-9622 or visiting www.save3lives.org. Walk-in donors are welcome, but scheduling an appointment helps ensure a fast and convenient process.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and bring a photo ID. Donors are encouraged to eat a regular meal and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating.
Since 1955, the Community Blood Center has worked with volunteer blood donors to provide a steady, reliable blood supply for hospitals. Today, the blood center remains a nonprofit organization committed to serving hospital patients. The blood center is also a donor center with the National Marrow Donor Program, facilitating transplants for patients with life-threatening diseases.