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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
January , 2002
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Joyce Halvorsen, CBB Director of Donor Resources, 474-1781

Mayor Don Wesely declares January, 2002 as "National Volunteer Blood Donor" Month

Mayor Don Wesely has joined Gov. Mike Johanns and Pres. George W. Bush in declaring January, 2002 as "National Volunteer Blood Donor" Month, a time to thank those who unselfishly give the gift of life time and time again. Daily, across the nation, over 34,000 units of blood will be transfused to patients in need. Locally, 150 units (pints) are necessary to meet hospital demands and stay prepared

Daily, It is the committed blood donor that makes it possible for the premature infant, the transplant patient, the cancer patient and others to survive. In 2001, the Community Blood Bank's 11,000+ volunteer blood donors donated over 23,000 units. "These folks are truly the quiet heroes" in our community," states Mayor Wesely.

Nationwide, since Sept. 11th, the blood collection industry has taken a roller coaster ride. Initially, there was a tremendous outpouring of those willing to help, but the need for blood was not there. The nation's blood supply was at capacity for the first time in many years. At that time, volunteers were encouraged to sign up for future contact when the need would return. Now the need has returned, but unfortunately, most of those signing up for future contact have changed their mind. National Volunteer Blood Donor month is the time to think again about being a volunteer blood donor and making a difference in your community.

  • The Community Blood Bank is a member of America's Blood Centers, a national alliance of 450 community blood centers that daily supply blood to over half of the nation's hospitals. (CBB has no affiliation with the American Red Cross)

  • Community Blood Bank collection sites: 30th & "O" Streets 2917 Pine Lake Road

  • Volunteers are encouraged to contact the Community Blood Bank for collection hours and appointment time. The number is 474-1781

  • 33-year history of supplying all blood needed by area medical facilities (total of 7).

Requirements to donate:

  • 17 years of age or older (no upper age limit)
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds
  • No tattoos in past 12 months
  • In general good health with no colds, flu, cold sores, antibiotics in past 72 hours
  • Must be able to provide printed proof of Social Security number the first time donating at the Community Blood Bank.

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