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Blood donors encouraged to help save a life " or lives

Give a pint of blood, save up to three lives.

The Rotary Club of Truckee will be holding a blood drive on April 12 with BloodSource, in hopes of collecting over 70 pints of blood from Truckee-Tahoe residents. The drive is a key part of BloodSource’s efforts to maintain a sufficient blood supply throughout Northern California, including Tahoe Forest Hospital.

“One pint can save up to three lives,” said Gayle Leyte, an account manager for BloodSource. “It can be used for plasma, platelets and red blood cells.”

According to a BloodSource release, Northern and Central California hospital patients need about 700 pints of blood and blood components every day.

If saving lives isn’t motivation enough, those who donate will always have blood available to them, and if insurance doesn’t cover the cost of a blood transfusion, BloodSource will pay for blood used by past donors, Leyte said.

Wes Beyer, the blood drive chair for the Truckee Noon Rotary, said the Rotary has been involved in blood drives for 25 years, with drives scheduled in April, July and October.

“We usually register between 80 and 100 people, and collect between 70 and 90 pints,” Beyer said. “I see everything from high school kids to people in their 70s.”

The entire process of donating takes about an hour, with the actual blood donation taking five to 10 minutes, he said.

“One hour out of your day will definitely save somebody’s life,” Beyer said.

Leyte said donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with parental consent, weigh over 110 pounds, and can’t have had a piercing or tattoo in the last year.

Donors must also have photo identification, she said.

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