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12/28/06

Blood Drive

News Release:

Stewart Regional Blood Center and East Texas Radio Group will kick off the New Year again with the third annual East Texas Battle for Life blood drive Jan. 2-6. 

For National Volunteer Blood Donor Month the west and the east sides of East Texas are battling to collect the most units of donated blood, and help replenish the blood supply after the strain of the holidays.  This competition is expected to motivate and bring together donors for the cause of saving lives.  It takes a community effort to raise the blood supply levels back from critical to good.

The holiday slump has taken its toll on the blood supply for several weeks, but traffic should pick back up with the help of this event.  All participating donors will receive a commemorative "East Texas Battle for Life" t-shirt. 

To be eligible to donate you must be healthy, at least 17 years old, and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.  Donors need to bring a photo ID, drink plenty of water, and eat a nourishing meal before donating.

The Lufkin donor center, located at 2110 South John Redditt Suite C, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The center will be closed Jan. 1.  For more information about blood donation or the blood center visit www.stewartblood.org.

To set up a blood drive at your place of business or organization, or for an educational speaker please call Susan Morris at 903-574-4511.

Lufkin Area Community Blood Drives December 30 - January 4

Thursday, January 4

Woodland Heights Medical Center, in Education Room, 505 South John Redditt Dr., Lufkin, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Wal-Mart Supercenter, in parking lot, 2223 South Loop 256, Palestine, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Blood Supply as of December 28, 2006

Critical: O+, O-, A-, B+, B-, AB+, AB-

Low:  

Good: A+

Definitions:

Critical:  less than 1 day blood supply

Low:  1-2 days blood supply

Good:  2-3 days blood supply

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