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Post Date:07/11/2018 11:26 AM

A total of 88 area residents and City employees visited Centerview event space for the Community Blood Center (CBC) blood drive on Tuesday, July 10. IMG_2964

While not all who registered were eligible to donate, 65 units of blood were collected– including 63 whole blood donations and two double red cell donations– surpassing the original goal of 55 units.

All donors and those who tried to donate will be receiving vouchers for two Royals tickets in the mail.

“This is exciting news for the City of Raymore in holding the largest blood drive in history, besides the Ray-Pec high school,” Lisa Nelson, account manager for the Community Blood Center of Kansas City said. “By bringing in 65 units of blood, these donations have saved and or impacted at least 130 lives in one day. The CBC thanks the City of Raymore for deeply impacting our local community.”

The CBC services blood products to 65 area hospitals across 70 counties in Missouri and Kansas. It takes over 200 donations a day to meet the needs of hospitals in the service area, not including additional requests that may come in from other centers.

The CBC has declared a blood emergency with a summer shortage of donations. People with all blood types are encouraged to donate, especially donors with O negative and B negative blood types. Those in need of blood transfusions include cancer patients, accident, burn or trauma victims, newborn babies and their mothers, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia and many more.

The City of Raymore will hold another blood drive on November 14, 2018, but those who are eligible to donate now are encouraged to visit to find a local blood center or convenient mobile drive.



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