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SPARTANSBURG — Send out 2019 and the decade by saving lives. 

Didn’t get something you wanted for Christmas? Anyone who donates blood to the Community Blood Bank for the rest of 2019 will receive a $10 Walmart gift card.  

Everyone is invited to ring in the New Year by donating blood and being a hero in the local community. Still in need of a New Year’s resolution? Saving lives is a good one.

Area residents will have a chance to give blood on Monday, Dec. 30, from 2 to 7:30 p.m. in the dining room of Valley View Mennonite Church, 24313 Route 89, Spartansburg.

Appointments are available and walk ins are welcome. 

The Community Blood Bank is the exclusive blood supplier to Titusville Area Hospital, as well as all the hospitals in Erie County, such as Corry Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of LECOM Health, so donating with the Community Blood Bank saves lives right locally.

The blood bank is in urgent need of all blood types, especially Type O blood donors. 

“This time of year puts an additional stress on an already strained blood supply,” said Jaclyn Seymour, community relations specialist for the Community Blood Bank. “Get a jump start on your New Year’s resolution by saying goodbye to 2019 by saving lives. You can help a patient in need in the local hospital spend another year and the start of a new decade with their loved ones by donating that life-saving unit of blood.”

Individuals are eligible to give blood if it has been 56 days since their last donation; they are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent); weigh at least 110 pounds; have not received a tattoo or body piercing in the past 12 months; are in good general health and do not have a cold or the flu. 

Donors must have a valid photo ID in order to give blood. Prior to donating, those giving blood should eat a good, solid meal and drink at least 18 ounces of water. 

For more information or to find out eligibility guidelines, visit www.fourhearts.org or call (877) 842-0631. 

Community Blood Bank partners with hospitals in northwest Pennsylvania and western New York to provide blood for patients in need.

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