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What difference can a single blood donation make? One figure frequently cited is that one pint of blood can save up to three lives, since it can provide three lifesaving products: red blood cells, plasma and platelets.
LifeSouth is inviting Chiefland and Levy County residents to be a part of saving lives when it hosts a blood drive on Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, at Walmart on North U.S. Highway 19 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Donors are also invited to come into the donor center across the highway from Walmart in the Winn-Dixie shopping center on Friday, May 11, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; or Saturday, May 12, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
“Seventeen percent of non-donors say ‘they never thought about it,’ as the main reason for not giving,” said Michael Ross, donor recruiter for LifeSouth. “We hope everyone will think about saving lives and donate blood at the community drive.”
All who donate will receive a recognition T-shirt and a complimentary cholesterol screening. Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and have photo I.D. Sixteen-year-old donors must have signed parental consent.
For more information about becoming a donor or about blood drives in your area, call LifeSouth at (888) 795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org and www.facebook.com/lifesouth.