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Blood Donors Needed this Holiday Season

Brandon Weathers
Updated: December 21, 2018 08:48 PM

Winter is traditionally challenging for blood donation centers, and this year is no exception. Memorial Blood Centers is is at an urgent need level for all blood types, and at what they consider a dangerously low level for O negative and B negative blood types.

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Angela Engblom, manager of the component lab and distribution for Duluth's Memorial Blood Center location, said that as the universal donor, it's not surprising to see O negative in high demand. 

"That's what we carry on the medical helicopters, and that's what they give for babies, and that's what they give for people who are going to the E.R. and need blood right away. Before they can figure out their blood types they give them O neg," Engblom said.

Even though it's known as the season of giving, Engblom said they tend to see inventory drop around the holidays specifically. “We’re all busy. Everybody’s busy Christmas shopping, their busy with plans with their family, and holiday parties, and so people just don’t think about it."

Memorial Blood Centers want to thank you for sharing an hour of your precious time this holiday season with a few incentives. Anyone donating from Monday, December 24th, and Saturday, January 5th, will receive a free long-sleeve shirt. Additionally, anyone donating through December 31st will be entered for a chance to win a winter vacation getaway. 

January is National Blood Donor Month, and Memorial Blood Centers will be Dunkin' for Donors. A free coupon for a medium hot or cold coffee at Dunkin' will be given to donors.

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