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Two local businesses to hold two blood drives in next 2 weeks

A business in Exeter and another in Lindsay will hold blood drives for the Central California Blood Center this month.

The staff at Waterman Industries invite their family and friends to join them in helping lives from 8-11:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 21 at its plant, located at 25500 Road 204 (Spruce Road) in Exeter.

On Friday, Aug. 30, the staff at National Diversified Sales in Lindsay invite the community, their family and friends to join them in helping save lives at a second blood drive from 1-4 p.m. at its plant, located at 851 N. Harvard Ave. in Lindsay.

All donors will receive a voucher for a free pint of Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, Fresno Fair Vouchers and Fresno Grizzlies game discounts too!

“Summer is always a challenging time of year for blood donations.  We often see a seasonal drop due to increased outdoor activity, traveling and vacations,” states Chris Sorensen, Director of Community Relations and Development for the Central California Blood Center. “However, patients in Valley hospitals are entirely dependent on the continued good will of our generous blood donors every day, regardless of what else may be happening.”  Sorensen adds, “With that in mind, we are asking members of the community to please continue their commitment to giving the “gift of life” this summer as often as possible.”

Blood donation takes less than one hour to complete. Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 years old with written parental consent). Senior citizens are encouraged to donate, as there is no upper age limit. Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within 4 hours prior to their donation. Donors can give blood every eight weeks. Photo ID and Social Security Number are required at donor registration.

The Central California Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood products for the 31 hospitals in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Kings and Mariposa Counties and must collect between 5,000 to 6,000 pints of blood a month to meet the needs of our Valley community.

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