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Volunteer Opportunity: Upcoming Blood Drives in Plymouth

Three blood drives will take place on March 5, 22 and 23.

Did you know that 1 in 3 people will need blood in their lifetime?

Because of the need for donated blood, Memorial Blood Center is sponsoring a number of blood drives in Plymouth next month.

On March 5, residents can give blood at Greatbatch Medical from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Another drive will be held on March 22 at the Waterford Office Park from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The last drive in March will be on the 23rd at Jake's City Grille from 1 to 5 p.m.

In order to donate blood, various criteria must be met.

Donors must:

  • Be 17 years old, or have a 16-year-old consent form
  • Weigh 110 pounds or more
  • Be free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken daily for skin condition
  • Be symptom-free for at least 3 days following a cold or flu

If you choose to donate, Memorial Blood Center suggests the following tips for a good experience:

  • Get a solid night’s sleep before donating
  • Eat a full meal within six hours prior to your appointment
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for a few hours after donating
  • Make sure that your system is fully hydrated—drink 12-16 ounces or more just prior to donating and plenty of fluids for the remainder of the day

To schedule an appointment to donate blood in Plymouth, go online and create a free donor ID.

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