VP residents encouraged to give the gift of blood donations

Invigorated by the season’s cooler temperatures, Ville Platte residents are gearing up for a community blood drive to help prevent possible blood shortages this month.

“We are fortunate to live in an area that is not getting hammered by Old Man Winter,” said Jennifer Walters of United Blood Services. “But with may families leaving town to take in some wintry weather and activities, we still run the risk of having a critical blood shortage here in Evangeline Parish. To make sure there’s a dependable blood supply locally, United Blood Services has scheduled a community blood drive from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, December 26, at the Ville Platte Wal-Mart.

United Blood Services provides a free cholesterol screening with each donation. Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16, must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. To make an appointment log on to www.UnitedBloodServices.org or call 235-LIFE.

Echoing United Blood Services’ new outreach campaign, Walters urged, “Find the hero in you. Donate blood three times in 2009.

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