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Donate blood in April

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United Blood Services is holding blood drives in Roswell throughout the month of April.

A whole blood donation can be separated into its different components and used for specific treatments for cancer or other illnesses, bleeding disorders or traumatic injury. In fact, since a single blood donation can be separated into components, your donation may help three different transfusion patients.

Medical advances and modern surgical techniques (such as cancer treatments, organ transplants and open-heart surgery), have increased the need for blood. In addition, the advancing age of the Baby Boomer generation has caused stress on the blood supply. Our national blood supply must be ready for everyday needs as well as the unexpected, such as accidents, natural or manmade disasters. Volunteer blood donors are needed year-round.

• April 13 — Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, 405 W. Country Club Road. Mesquite Room. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• April 18 — Roswell Public Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Bloodmobile. 1 to 5 p.m.

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• April 28 — United Blood Services Center parking lot, No. 3 Grand Ave. Inside building. 11:30 a.m. To 3 p.m.

• April 28 — Church’s Chicken, 2828 N. Main St. Bloodmobile. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 575-625-9743 or visit unitedbloodservices.org.