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Judy O'Gara

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The first month of the year month for blood donation. According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds, with over 44,000 blood donations needed every day. That translates to 5 million U.S. patients receiving blood in a year. The American Red Cross notes that in most states, donors must be 17 years old, healthy and weigh at least 110 lbs. In fact, less than 38% of the U.S. population
is eligible to give blood. Type O-negative blood and Type AB-positive plasma can be transfused
to patients of all blood types. Both are always in demand and often in short supply. Actually giving a pint of blood
(and an adult, on average, has 10 pints of blood in his or her body) takes less than 10-12 minutes, although donors should reserve about an hour and 15 minutes for the whole process. Donors must wait 56 days before each blood donation. If you would like to donate blood at any of these events, call 1-(800) RED-CROSS to make an appointment.
Here are some local upcoming blood drives:
January 2, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Gold's Gym, 27 Milliston Rd., Millis, MA 02054
January 3, 12 – 6 p.m.
Renaissance Hotel & Spa, 28 Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA 02035
January 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
King Philip Middle School, 18 King Street, Norfolk, MA
January 10, 2-7 p.m.
Franklin Elks, 1077 Pond St, Franklin, MA 02038
January 14, 1-6 p.m.
North Attleboro Elks, 52 Bulfinch St., North Attleboro, MA 02760
January 18, 12-5 p.m.
Dunkin Donuts Plainville, 86 Washington St., Plainville, MA 02762
January 22, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hockomock Area YMCA, 45 Forge Hill Road, Franklin, MA 02038
January 22, 2-7 p.m.
Plainville Senior Center, Plainville Council on Aging, 9 School St.,
Plainville, MA 02762
January 28, 1-6 p.m.
North Attleboro Elks, 52 Bulfinch St., North Attleboro, MA 02760
January 28, 1-7 p.m.
The V Room, 337 Cocasset St, Foxboro, MA 02035
January 31, 1-6 p.m.
Dunkin Donuts, 1 Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA 02035

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