More blood donations needed in Michiana

Mishawaka The winter season is certainly in full swing and blood banks around the area are asking for your help. South Bend Medical Foundation Blood Donor Recruitment Manager, Christina Tembo says winter time is a hard time for donations because people feel like they are too busy to come out. On top of the winter season being a struggle, they also lost donations last Monday because of the snow.

Now, they are trying to make up for the lack of donations because Tembo says the need for blood never takes a snow day and it’s easy.

“Donating blood is very easy, it’s very safe, it does not hurt and anyone is eligible over the age of 17. There is no maximum age and as long as you meet the health requirements you are eligible to donate. And, it’s really an amazing way to give back to the community without spending money,” adds Tembo.

Folks who decide to donate can donate every 56 days and every time you donate you save the lives of three people. Tembo says three out of four people will need blood in their lifetime, so this is a great way to give back to your family and the community.

If you do decide to donate, make sure you drink lots of water and eat iron rich foods. Also, make sure you bring your ID.

If the thought of saving lives doesn’t make you want to come out to donate, maybe this will. If you donate with the South Bend Medical Foundation, all through January they will give you a $10 gas card. If you donate in February they will give you a $5 Best Buy card and they are raffling off one tablet each week.

Local blood drives:

Monday:

McDonalds Physical Therapy
11-2pm

Northpoint Elementary
8:45-12:45

Tuesday:

Lakeville Community Drive
3-7pm

Northpoint Elementary
3:30-6:30 pm


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