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Bowdoin Blood Drive Today: Your Help is Crucial!

Story posted November 17, 2000

The second Bowdoin Blood Drive of this year will be held today from 3 to 8 p.m. in Sargent Gym (above Smith Union). What better time to donate? The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is traditionally one of the largest blood usage weekends of the year. Blood donors are needed to help ensure an adequate blood supply for our hospitals.

In September, Bowdoin set a new record by attracting more donors than ever before: over 170. We hope to maintain this trend and make November’s drive—traditionally one of our smallest—just as successful.

Blood levels throughout New England are dangerously low. While the New England Region of the American Red Cross collects approximately 1,700 pints of blood daily, the blood collected is tested, distributed, and transfused into patients immediately. We currently have half a day’s supply on hand, and any emergency in any of the six New England states could deplete those reserves immediately. Currently blood types O-, O+, A-, and B- are extremely low.

With your help, Bowdoin can play a crucial role in restocking Maine hospitals with the blood units necessary for daily operation.

So if you can, please take some time between 3 and 8 p.m. today to help protect and save lives.

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