United Way hosting Blood Drive on Friday amid critical need in Logan County


Community Blood Center is reporting a critical need for blood donations in Logan County. There is a shortage of Type 0-, A-, and B- right now.

In response, United Way has a Blood Drive scheduled for this Friday at Union Station (613 Hamilton St. in Bellefontaine). The Bloodmobile will be set up in the parking lot and there are 30 slots available between 11:30 and 3:00 p.m. for donors to give the gift of life. Donors can make their appointment online at www.uwlogan.org or by calling (937) 592-2886.

All donors at the United Way Blood Drive will be entered into a drawing to “Pick a Prize,” including a YETI Roadie 60 cooler, an Ascend kayak, or a Blackstone grill. All registered donors also get a “Sunshine & Saving Lives” beach towel.

Each day, Community Blood Services schedules up to seven mobile blood drives throughout their service area to collect at least 250 pints of whole blood to supply hospitals and sufficiently meet patient transfusion needs. The annual need is projected at more than 70,000 units of blood products. All donated blood becomes part of the general blood supply. Each unit of blood is tested, typed, processed, and then distributed daily to the area hospitals, including Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine.

Submitted by Dave Bezusko