Walmart hosted a blood drive with Vitalant on Feb. 5 which helped collect eight units of blood products for patients in need.

Nine individuals volunteered to donate blood, and seven individuals were able to donate at the drive. One donor gave Power Red Cells (2RBC), which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma and a saline solution to the donor. Three people volunteered for the first time.

Vitalant expressed its gratitude to Nancy Magee, who coordinated the drive, and Walmart, which sponsored the 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 especially important this time of year due to increased accidents and trauma cases.

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