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Blood supply shortage

The Central Valley Blood Center needs your help
The Central California Blood Center is asking all blood donors, to please give at donor centers in Fresno, Visalia and Porterville in an effort to replenish the community's blood supply as soon as possible. 
Recent high blood usage has caused inventory to drop drastically, with O-Negative blood type at 9% in particular need.
Other blood types are very low as well, including A-negative, B-negative and AB-negative.
"Recent higher than expected usage has put a critical strain on our Valley's blood supply," said Dean Eller, President and CEO of the Central California Blood Center. "Therefore, we are asking new and returning donors to take just an hour of their time and help today.
Patients in our Valley hospitals need you. All blood types are very low."
Blood donation takes less than one hour to complete.
Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 years old with written parental consent).
Senior citizens are encouraged to donate, as there is no upper age limit.
Donors should eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within 4 hours prior to their donation.
Donors can give blood every eight weeks.
Photo ID and Social Security Number are required at donor registration.
The Central California Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood products for the 31 hospitals in Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Kings and Mariposa Counties and must collect between 5,000 to 6,000 pints of blood a month to meet the needs of our Valley community.
Visit http://www.donateblood.org/index for more information.
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