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Urgent need for blood donors in Western New York

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Posted at 9:31 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 21:31:39-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — There is an urgent need for blood donors in Western New York.

ConnectLife says more than 150 units of type O blood were used over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and now the area's only community blood bank has less than a two-day supply of blood.

“The need for blood never ends” says ConnectLife President & CEO, Mark Simon. “It is vital that all who are eligible to donate, and those who have ever thought about donating, consider giving now for our families, friends and neighbors in need.”

Anyone who donates blood to ConnectLife in December will be part of the "Holiday Heroes" campaign and their donation will honor someone working on the frontlines of the pandemic. ConnectLife says if they reach 2,500 donors during the event, $2,500 will be contributed to YMCA Buffalo Niagara and FeedMore WNY.

ConnectLife supplies blood products to Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Eastern Niagara Health, Wyoming County Community Health System, Olean General Hospital, Brooks-TLC Health System and Bradford Regional Medical Center.

For more information, click here or call 716-529-4270.