Wimbledon hosted a blood drive with Vitalant on Jan. 22 in the former school gym which helped collect 33 units of blood products for patients in need.

Thirty-four individuals volunteered to donate blood, and 28 individuals were able to donate . Five donors gave Power Red Cells (2RBC), which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution to the donor. Two people volunteered for the first time.

Vitalant expressed its gratitude to Rose Ann Fehr, who coordinated the drive; the American Legion Auxiliary, which sponsored the blood drive, and Steve Guscette, who provided a location for the blood drive.

Vitalant strives to keep a five-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times to be able to meet the needs of patients across the region. Donations from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are important this time of year due to increased accidents and trauma cases.

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