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Blood donors to receive free movie ticket for donating during drive

October 25, 2017
By ERIC DeVAUX ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Vampires are not the only thing seeking blood this Halloween.

Lehigh Regional Medical Center will host a blood drive on Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1500 Lee Blvd. A OneBlood van will be parked outside.

It will take blood donations and provide wellness checkups, which will include blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and a cholesterol screening.

Those who decide to donate will receive a free movie ticket.

"Anybody can come," Jennifer Marshall, the hospital's spokeswoman, said. "Anybody from Lehigh, Immokalee, Labelle."

To set an appointment, donors can visit or they can just walk in day of. Donors can use the sponsor code: 10304.

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However, a movie ticket is not the true prize for donating.

"Blood donations save lives," she said.

Giving blood to a person who need it is the ultimate prize.

"Everyone in need of blood (benefits)," Marshall said. "Red blood cells, plasma, anybody of those needs."

From donation, the blood is transported via the van to the blood bank, where it is stored.

"As part of our responsibility to the community, we host these blood drives," she said.

Hospitals like Lehigh Regional Medical Center do not receive donations without a vender.

"There's a lengthy process where the hospital has to do a special order to receive blood from a blood bank," Marshall said. "They never just take it from the bus over to the hospital.

"We have people on staff that are the experts that know exactly what to order,"?she added.

OneBlood tests each donation to make sure the blood is healthy. When the blood does reach a hospital, it goes into storage.

"Hospitals store medications so that when there is a patient in need for it, we have it on hand," Marshall said. "It's the same thing with blood products."

OneBlood vans are all over.

"It's typical for OneBlood to reach out to different places," she said. "You could drive by a library and they might have a blood donation vender setup."



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