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August 2014 • Published in The Daily Press, Ashland WI

Summer is always a challenging time to keep shelves stocked at the nation’s blood centers, including at Memorial Blood Centers. Although blood use varies only a little, the need for blood is every day and over 30 local hospital partners rely on Memorial Blood Centers to supply more than 2,000 units of blood every month—including throughout the summer when blood donations are typically lower.

The blood supply during the summer is most influenced by donor availability. When the weather turns warm and school is out, we head outdoors to enjoy family gatherings, baseball games, vacations and camping. In addition to summertime fun, our high school and college blood drives are suspended until students return in the fall. These drives account for approximately 15 percent of our total blood donations annually. While we get to take vacations, the requirement to always have blood available does not.

During the month of July, we encourage you to donate blood with Memorial Blood Centers to ensure an ample supply of life-saving blood. When you present to donate you’ll be entered for a chance to win a Polaris ATV! Plus, all donors who present to donate June 30-July 13 will receive a free Fishing for Donors T-shirt.

Making an appointment online is easy and convenient. Visit mbc.org 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 summer at:

Ashland BMO Harris Bank
Thursday, July 10th
Schedule your appt. online
Sponsor Code: 2240 or contact Carol Pufall at 715- 682-3422

Ashland Essentia Health-Ashland Clinic
Friday, July 11th
Schedule your appt. online

Sponsor Code: 4103 or contact Katie Foley at 218-740-1542

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 or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.