Thursday, June 23, 2016


Last week the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club joined Holyoke Medical Center in recruiting blood donors to help save lives. Summer months are traditionally slower times in area blood donation centers, but that does not slow the demand. Every TWO seconds, someone in the U.S needs blood and more that 17,000 blood donations are needed daily.

Team members of the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club actively recruited blood donors to join them on the evening of Tuesday, June 14th to donate blood. Between the hours of 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. 16 units of blood were donated.

More than 50 percent of the blood needed by patients at the medical center comes from people living in Holyoke, Chicopee, South Hadley, and the surrounding communities, and blood supplies continue to be low. Shortages persist in all categories and emergency supplies from the Red Cross are often limited.

Holyoke Medical Center is actively seeking blood donors. The center's Blood Bank depends on area residents, their friends, and neighbors to help meet the transfusion needs of the local community. If your agency or business is interested in organizing a blood drive at Holyoke Medical Center, please contact Joyce Shonak, Blood Bank Supervisor at 413-534-2591.

The Blood Bank, located on the first floor of Holyoke Medical Center, is open Monday,
Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Appointments are suggested.

For further information or to schedule an appointment, call the Blood Bank at 534-2591.

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