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Blood Drive comes to Lincoln Aug. 26

One hour of time helps community
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BY NEWS MESSENGER STAFF

Lincoln’s Rotary Club is looking to break a record Aug. 26 – for blood donations.

Dan Johnson, the Lincoln Rotary Community Blood Drive director, said recently that the last blood drive was special.

“We would like to thank everyone who came out for our Lincoln Community Blood Drive on May 13 in downtown Lincoln,” Johnson said. “We collected over 50 units of whole blood and seven units of platelets, a record for our Lincoln Community Blood Drive.”

The next blood drive will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 541 Fifth St., Lincoln. Donors can pre-register online at http://LincolnBloodDrive82616.eventbrite.com or walk in. Donors who can’t make the downtown Lincoln blood drive can make an appointment by calling (866) 822-5663.

Although the May blood drive was a success, Alexander Sigua, a Bloodsource manager, said summer is a critical time.

“At the beginning of July, Bloodsource’s red blood cells inventory was 4,700 pints short of the required level,” Sigua said. “That’s equivalent to more than 14,000 lives that could be saved.”

And, Johnson said, there is a new concern.

“Blood supplies are very low at this time, partly due to the Zika virus effect on donor eligibility,” Johnson said, adding that any donors who have travelled to a Zika virus region in South America are subject to a waiting period.