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December 26, 2013

Blood donors needed

PLATTSBURGH — Blood drives are planned at five regional sites to replenish the supply at the North Country Regional Blood Center.

Bad weather forced cancellation of two previously planned blood drives so every donation is needed, said Nancy Roberts, the center’s coordinator.

The next blood drive is from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Morrisonville Ambulance Service, 21 Banker Road, Morrisonville.

The others are: Friday, Dec. 27: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Alice Hyde Medical Center, Park Street, Malone; Monday, Dec. 30: 4 to 7 p.m., West Chazy Fire Department, 7656 Route 22, West Chazy; Monday, Dec. 30: 4 to 7 p.m., Ellenburg Center Fire Department, 1 Church St., Ellenburg Center; and Tuesday, Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., first-floor kitchen conference room, Franklin County Courthouse, Main Street, Malone.

Unpredictable rural roads and wintry weather play a role in the low supply as does the onset of cold and flu season, Roberts said.

Also the highest volume of donors comes from area high schools and colleges which are closed during the holiday, she said.

“Our busy lifestyles during this season can make blood donation less of a priority for many people,” she said which is why blood drives at Alice Hyde Medical Center and the Franklin County Courthouse are important.

“When we go to one’s workplace, we literally bring the blood donation to the donor,” Roberts said. “It is one of the most convenient ways for a person to donate.”

Donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old and weigh more than 110 pounds.

Locally donated blood remains in the region to benefit North Country residents.

The center, at 85 Plaza Boulevard in Plattsburgh, is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached by calling 562-7406 or by email at NCR1@cvph.org.

Email Denise A. Raymo:draymo@pressrepublican.com

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