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Vitalant blood drive brings in 43 volunteers

A recent blood drive hosted by Vitalant at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji helped collect a total of 50 units of blood products for patients in need.

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A recent blood drive hosted by Vitalant at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji helped collect a total of 50 units of blood products for patients in need.

A total of 43 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 39 individuals were able to successfully donate during the July 26 blood drive.

Six donors also came forward to donate Power Red Cells, which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution back to the donor, a release said.

Donors can make appointments to give blood at donors.vitalant.org or by calling 877- 25-VITAL. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn reward points.

Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments, while the blood draw typically taking less than 10 minutes. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Health History Questionnaire the day they donate on www.vitalant.org/health.

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