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Bartow Blood Drive: Calling all eligible donors!
Bartow Blood Drive: Calling all eligible donors!

Bartow, Florida -- The Bloodmobile will be at The Villages at Laurel Meadows on Saturday, June 29, and it couldn't come at a better time.

Accordning to the Red Cross, the nation's blood supply has reached emergency levels with 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June.

This shortfall leaves the Red Cross with half the readily available blood products on hand now than this time last year.
The Red Cross is calling on all eligible blood donors - now more than ever - to roll up a sleeve and give as soon as possible.

All blood types are needed, but especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative in order to meet patient demand this summer.
An unseasonably early start to spring may be a contributing factor to this year's decrease in donations. Many regular donors got an early start on summer activities and aren't taking time to give blood or platelets.
In addition, this year's mid-week Independence Day holiday has reduced the number of scheduled Red Cross blood drives.

Many sponsors, especially businesses, are unable to host drives because employees are taking extended vacations.
"Unfortunately, patients don't get a holiday from needing blood products. The need is constant. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion," says the organization.

Blood and platelets are needed for many different reasons, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies - when there are complications during childbirth - and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

For more information on our local blood drive, call (863) 255-2607 to schedule your appointment today.

The drive takes place between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Villages at Laurel Meadows, 100 Laurel Circle in Bartow, near the corner of SR 555 and West Clower Street.

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