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December 2014 • Published in The Daily Press, Ashland WI

Life-Saving Blood Needed
The holidays are always a challenging time to keep shelves stocked at the nation’s blood centers, including at Memorial Blood Centers. Although demand for blood varies only a little, the need for blood is every day. Maintaining a stable blood supply around the holidays is challenging as many people head out of town to enjoy the holidays with family. Over 30 local hospital partners rely on Memorial Blood Centers to supply more than 2,000 units of blood every month.

Over the holidays, we encourage you to step up to give blood with Memorial Blood Centers to help us maintain an ample supply of life-saving blood. Every two seconds someone needs blood and patients in our local hospitals depend on Memorial Blood Centers to be there with the right blood type they need to survive.

Consider making a donation if you are:

  • In good health
  • 17 years or older—16 with written Parental Consent (PDF)
  • Free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken daily for skin condition
  • Symptom-free for at least 3 days following a cold or flu
Making an appointment online is easy and convenient. Visit us online and click the Donate Blood button to schedule a donation at one of our Northland donor centers. You also can search by zip code for a community blood drive or schedule an appointment to donate this December at:

Ashland BMO Harris Bank
100 Main St. E
Ashland, WI 54806
On Wednesday, December 3rd
Schedule your appointment, using Sponsor Code: 2240 or contact Carol Pufall at 715-682-3422

Mellen High School
420 S. Main Street
Mellen, WI 54546
Thursday, December 4th
Contact Ms. Berndt at 715-274-3601 ext. 100

Jed Gorlin, M.D. is Medical Director and Vice President, Medical and Quality Affairs for Memorial Blood Centers. Elizabeth Perry, M.D. is Associate Medical Director for Memorial Blood Centers.

Send us your questions. Call us today 1-888-GIVE-BLD (888-448-3253) to schedule an appointment, or to find out more about Memorial Blood Centers and how we partner with the Ashland community to save lives. You also can visit us online at MBC.ORG.

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