Blood Donors Still Needed During Spring Break, Easter

Mar 25, 1999, 00:00 ET from Central Blood Bank

    PITTSBURGH, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Central Blood Bank, which supplies
 blood products to over 40 hospitals across the region, wants to ensure that
 local blood supplies do not "go south" during the next two to three weeks.
 Central Blood Bank needs to see an average of 700 donors every day just to
 maintain an adequate inventory.  "Holidays, school breaks -- these are always
 challenging times for local blood and platelet collections," said Mark Lynch,
 blood bank spokesperson.  "During spring break and the Easter holiday,
 personal schedules change and many people travel out of the area.  This often
 contributes to a downturn in blood and platelet donations.  We're hoping to
 avoid that situation this year."
     Lynch added that this year's unusually harsh cold and flu season has had
 an impact on local blood collections.  "Fewer 'loyal' blood donors have been
 able to make their regular donations because they have been ill," said Lynch.
 "For this reason we are counting on first-time donors, college students home
 for the holidays, and others who haven't donated recently to roll up their
 sleeves and help maintain area blood supplies."
     Inventories of blood types O and B often fluctuate around the holidays.
 Though donors of these types are in greatest demand, people do not need to
 know their blood type to donate.  Donations of all blood types are welcome and
 needed.  Platelets, a component of blood that helps blood to clot, are also
 needed, as this product has a shelf-life of just five days.  To donate blood
 or platelets, individuals must be at least 17 years old; weigh at least 103
 pounds (110 pounds for platelet donations) and be in generally good health.
 There is no upper age limit and most medications are acceptable.  Central
 Blood Bank operates 20 donor centers in addition to mobile blood drives
 scheduled throughout the region.  Community members should call Central Blood
 Bank at 1-800-310-9551 to learn about donation opportunities in their area.
     Central Blood Bank is the non-profit organization providing blood products
 and related transfusion services to over 40 hospitals in Allegheny, Armstrong,
 Butler, Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland Counties in Pennsylvania as well
 as selected communities in northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.  Seven
 hundred registered donors are needed every 24 hours in order to meet regional
                                 MARCH 28-APRIL 5, 1999
     SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 1999               SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 1999
     8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.                  8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
     First UM Church - Fairmont           St. Joseph's R.C. Church
     Fellowship Hall                      School Cafeteria
     322 Fairmont Ave.                    Center Ave. & Second St.
     Fairmont, WV 26554                   Verona, PA 15147
     8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.                  7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
     Ingram Boro Building                 Beulah U P Church
     Memorial Hall                        Gymnasium
     40 West Prospect Ave.                2500 McCrady Road
     Pittsburgh, PA 15205 (Ingram)        Pittsburgh, PA 15235 (Churchill)
     MONDAY, MARCH 29, 1999               TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 1999
     8:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m.                  9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
     East Allegheny High School           Armstrong County Memorial Hospital
     Auditorium Stage                     Continuing Education Classroom,
     1150 Jacks Run Road                  2nd Floor
     North Versailles, PA 15137           One Nolte Drive
                                          Kittanning, PA 16201
     TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 1999              WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 1999
     9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.                  11:30 a.m.-4:00 p. m.
     Bidwell Training Center              Robert Morris College - Moon
     North Lobby                          John Jay Center -
     1815 Metropolitan Street             Student Union Ballroom
     Pittsburgh, PA 15233 (North Side)    Narrows Run Road
                                          Coraopolis, PA 15108
     WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 1999            THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 1999
     8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.                  3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
     State Office Building                VFD - Pleasant Hills
     Room 1601 and 1602                   72 Clairton Blvd.
     300 Liberty Ave.                     Pittsburgh, PA 15236 (Pleasant Hills)
     Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (Downtown)
     FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 1999                FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 1999
     9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.                  9:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
     UPMC - Montefiore Hospital           Rohrich Cadillac
     Ladies Hospital Aid                  Conference Room - Toyota Building
     Society Auditorium                   2020 West Liberty Ave.
     200 Lothrop Street                   Pittsburgh, PA 15226 (Dormont)
     Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Oakland)
     FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 1999                SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 1999
     8:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.                 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
     Greater Richland Minister            Giant Eagle - #694
     Bakerstown U M Church -              Donor Coach
     Fellowship Hall                      Green Garden Plaza
     Route 8 & Lee Road                   Aliquippa, PA 15001
     Gibsonia, PA 15044
     SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 1999                MONDAY, APRIL 5, 1999
     CENTRAL BLOOD BANK CLOSED            8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
     IN OBSERVANCE OF THE                 Chartiers Houston School District
     EASTER HOLIDAY.                      Chartiers Houston Junior High School
                                          2050 West Pike St.
                                          Houston, PA 15342
     (Days and hours vary.  Please call Central Blood Bank
     at 1-800-310-9551 for complete schedule.)
     Armstrong County Memorial Hospital   Allegheny Valley Hospital
     Continuing Education Classroom       Administration Building
     One Nolte Drive                      1301 Carlisle Street
     Kittanning, PA 16201                 Natrona Heights, PA 15065
     BUTLER                               CRANBERRY
     Cypher Building                      St. Ferdinand's Roman Catholic Church
     Suite 106                            2535 Rochester Rd.
     3rd and 5th Streets                  Cranberry Township, PA 16066
     Butler, PA 16001
     Central Blood Bank                   Christ Episcopal Church
     812 Fifth Avenue                     405 Ninth St.
     Pittsburgh, PA 15219                 Fairmont, WV 26554
     GREENVILLE                           GROVE CITY
     UPMC Horizon -- Greenville Campus    United Community Hospital
     110 North Main St.                   Professional Building, Suite 101
     2nd Floor                            102 Cranberry Rd.
     Greenville, PA 16125                 Grove City, PA 16127
     PLEASANT HILLS                       McKEESPORT
     Jefferson Hospital                   UPMC -- McKeesport Hospital
     Medical Office Building              Ground Floor -- Crawford Building
     Ground Floor -- Room 302             1500 Fifth Avenue
     Coal Valley Rd.                      McKeesport, PA 15132
     Pleasant Hills, PA 15236
     MONROEVILLE                          MOON TOWNSHIP
     Corporate One Office Park            Edgetowne Square
     Building II                          1005 Beaver Grade Rd
     Monroeville, PA 15146                Coraopolis, PA 15108
     NEW KENSINGTON                       NORTH HILLS
     (Near Citizen's General Hospital)    Andre Plaza -- Suite 203
     702 Fourth Ave.                      McKnight Rd. at Babcock Blvd.
     New Kensington, PA 15068             Pittsburgh, PA 15237
     PETERS TOWNSHIP                      ASPINWALL
     Center Presbyterian Church           UPMC -- St. Margaret's Hospital
     255 Center Church Rd.                815 Freeport Rd.
     McMurray, PA 15317                   Pittsburgh, PA 15215
     SOUTH HILLS                          MT. LEBANON
     The Manor Building                   St. Clair Hospital
     4701 Baptist Rd.                     4th Floor Meeting Room
     Pittsburgh, PA 15227                 1000 Bower Hill Rd.
                                          Pittsburgh, PA 15243
     WASHINGTON                           WEIRTON, WV
     Jefferson Court Plaza                Cove United Presbyterian Church
     124 West Chestnut St.                Fellowship Hall
     Washington, PA 15301                 3404 Main St.
                                          Weirton, WV 26062

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