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Local blood donations bound for NYC

Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Jan Twait, Executive Director for the Siouxland Community Blood Bank, has been in contact with New York Blood Center and America's Blood Centers.

Officials are indicating they will need assistance with blood products for a long period of time, as patients will need support for several weeks to come.

Twait was in Storm Lake Friday morning, and said Siouxland residents have been extremely cooperative with the blood donation effort.

"The support has been amazing," Twait said. "People have stood in line three to four hours patiently to donate blood, and I feel the support will continue.

"We normally collect 150 units of blood a day, and Tuesday we had 700 units from both our stationary and mobile sites," Twait continued. "Then on Wednesday we had 500 units. People are definitely ready to support their country."

Siouxland Blood Bank is encouraging blood donors to help spread out donations over the next six to eight weeks. Donate at your community blood drives set up in September and October.

This will allow even blood collections and help enable blood shipments from the Storm Lake area to New York for several weeks to come.

"Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days. We need to have donors donating throughout an extended period of time so that blood products can be available each and every day. Individuals are calling the Blood Center and area hospitals to find out how they can help," Twait said.

SBB must make sure that all blood drives in the next six to eight weeks will produce the numbers of blood products necessary to continue to take care of local needs, but also to be able to assist with ongoing needs in the New York area.

Twait said there would be more than enough blood support both regions.

"We have more than enough to meet our needs across Siouxland now," Twait said. "People with local needs will be able to receive blood, and we're also able to help the New York area out, which is great."

To be eligible to donate, individuals must be at least 17 years of age, in general good health and have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days. Please bring a list of medications that you are currently taking and eat a good meal before donating.

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