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Give the Gift of Life: Community Blood Drive Starts Tomorrow

(Jackson, Wyo.) - "Did you know that there is a 97 percent chance that someone you know will need a blood transfusion, yet only five percent of the eligible population donates blood?" said the United Blood Services in a release issued yesterday. "There is ALWAYS an urgent need for blood." United Blood Services is holding a community blood drive on Wednesday, April 13, from 12:45 - 5:00 p.m. and again on Thursday, April 14 from 8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church. United Blood Services is the sole provider of blood for every hospital in the State of Wyoming and they come to Jackson every nine weeks. According to the organization, this week’s Community Blood Drive is especially important because we know that a lot of residents enjoyed spring break in the Caribbean, Mexico or Central or South America. These are areas where the mosquito-borne Zika Virus is becoming more wide spread and potential donors who traveled to these places are asked to defer donating blood for 28 days after their return. This means that they need many more and many new donors to ensure a successful drive. Appointments can be made by clicking this link or by calling 1-800-365-4450. Walk-ins are also welcome. *Feature Photo: h/t Creative Commons / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news