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NEWS STORIES

Community Blood Center Stops at the YMCA of the NorthwoodsSubmitted: 03/06/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm


RHINELANDER - Giving blood saves lives. But just one blood bank serves every Ministry hospital in the area. They face a supply and demand fight every day.

"It's amazing how much blood the body holds. If we didn't have these backups like this, we'd be in a lot of trouble," says first time donor James Steimmetz, from Rhinelander.

The Community Blood Center supplies 100 percent of the blood to the five area Ministry hospitals and the VA hospital. It has regular donation sites, but has to take its show on the road to get all the blood that's needed.

"In this busy, stressed out world that we all live in, it's great to come to places where people are either working or working out. So we have drives all over," says Jan Hadsell, from the Community Blood Center.

Steimmetz came to the YMCA for a workout, saw the signs and thought, "why not?"

"It's the chance to save somebody's life. Everybody should give something; that's what I think," says Steimmetz.

The whole process from start to finish takes about 45 minutes. Your one pint of blood can help up to three people.

"It could be in the hospitals tomorrow. We have about a 24 hour turnaround time," says Hadsell.

And if you're a little nervous to donate for the first time, staff recommend focusing on the fact that you're helping someone.

"That someone could be someone in your family, or your neighbor, or your friend," says Hadsell.

A friend who might get a second shot at life.

You can find information on Blood Center's next blood drives at the link below.

Related Weblinks:
The Community Blood Center Website

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