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Lane Bloodworks hosts Labor Day blood drive

"The misconception is that blood is always available."

Posted: Sep 2, 2019 4:05 PM
Updated: Sep 3, 2019 2:08 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The staff at Lane Bloodworks says they need 50 donations a day to have a sufficient amount for the hospitals in our area, but they also say that it's a struggle to get that many people to come in.

John Fronda works at the center and he says that they are completely supplied by donations.

He says right now O+, O-, and A+ are in high demand.

"It is very important because blood is used daily in the hospital. There's always a need," said Fronda.

He also says there are some misconceptions that may hinder someone from donating. 

"The misconception is that blood is always available," said Fronda. "But the reality is we rely on daily donations from our community."

Matias Urrutia volunteers at the clinic in the front office, but he also donates blood.  He says it is important for him to do because he knows how crucial it can be for the people who need it.

"I think if you're in a position where you can't get a blood donation, it's fairly debilitating," Urrutia said. "Losing family to things that could have been prevented with more support... I think that's the motivation for me."

Lane Bloodworks is open seven days a week, collecting donations that will go to 90 hospitals in the Pacific Northwest.

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