Community blood drive hosts new hours starting May 22

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The Winters Community Blood Drive will be hosted during a new time frame to give the opportunity for more community members to attend.

Winters Lions Club member Karen Benson-Neil said they worked with Vitalant to move the time to later in the afternoon in hopes to give more time for people coming in from work to come to donate blood. The new start time is effective at the upcoming blood drive on Monday, May 22, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Winters Community Center, 201 Main St. The new end time is set at 6:30 p.m.

Community members are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Vitalant, although walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment contact Vitalant at 877-258-4825 and mention blood drive code SMFM164 or visit

Donors must bring a photo I.D. with them on the day of the blood drive. They are also encouraged to eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating. Whole blood donors must be at least 16 years old (16 year old’s need a signed Vitalant parental consent form available online at, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good general health.

Donors are able to complete a 10-minute Fast Track Health History Questionnaire on the day of the blood drive online at

Questions regarding scheduling and donating can be directed to 877-258-4825.

This month, all donors will be entered for the opportunity to win one of three gift cards valued at $5,000.

Mark your calendars for upcoming Winters Community Blood Drives on July 24, Sept. 18 and Nov. 20.

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