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Rotary blood drive Friday

By: Carol Feineman, Editor
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Know and Go:
Lincoln Community Blood and Platelet Drive
When: 1 to 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Lincoln Veterans Hall, corner of 5th and E streets downtown
Info: Gayle Graves, 453-3042. No appointment needed

In 40 minutes or less, from registering to leaving a Lincoln blood drive Friday, residents can save the lives of strangers and possibly neighbors.
The Lincoln Community Blood and Platelet Drive is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lincoln to benefit BloodSource, a nonprofit blood bank to area hospitals since 1948.
“One donation can save up to three lives and three teaspoons of blood can save a baby’s life,” said BloodSource recruitment specialist Rosemary Shirley.
However, fewer than four of every individuals in the United States are eligible to give blood and fewer than one in 10 donate, according to Shirley.
In addition, one in every seven patients in hospitals will need blood, Shirley added.
Shirley hopes that Lincoln residents show up in force at Friday’s blood drive at the Lincoln Veterans Hall.
“For all those reasons and because we’re the community supplier of blood, their donations Friday are going to go to family and friends in this area,” Shirley said.
No appointment is needed between 1 and 6 p.m. Friday.
Blood Source supplies the life-saving fluid to more than 40 hospitals in 25 counties, from the Oregon border to Merced, according to Shirley
The Lincoln Rotary Club sponsors the Lincoln Community Blood Drive for the last 16 years in downtown Lincoln.
Anyone 16 and older, and healthy, can donate.
“They have to be healthy and well with no colds or flu symptoms and no tattoos within the last year,” Shirley said. “To see if you’re eligible, call (866) 822-5663.”
Those who are 16 need a consent form signed by their parents. The form can be downloaded at bloodsource.org.
For more information, call BloodSource’s account manager Gail Graves at 453-3042.