Nebraska Community Blood Bank facing blood shortage, recruiting new donors

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(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)– Nebraska Community Blood Bank needs your help to fight a blood and platelet shortage; the nonprofit is recruiting new blood donors.

The need for blood is constant and to replenish supplies for Nebraska hospitals, trauma centers, and air ambulance bases, more healthy donors are needed at blood drives and donor centers in the coming weeks. Appointments can be made online at NCBB.ORG or by calling 1-877-486-9414.

More than half of the blood supply was lost when community blood drives were cancelled due to COVID-19 this year, and the supply remains low (less than a 3-day supply of all blood types.)

Blood donation is safe and essential, in general, you may be eligible to donate if you are:

  • In good health
  • 17 years or older— or 16 with written parental consent (PDF available on NCBB.ORG)
  • At least 110 pounds
  • Free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken for preventative reasons
  • Symptom-free for at least 72 hours following a cold or flu

People who donate blood Thursday, September 2 through Monday, September 6th will be entered in for a chance to win a grill.

 

 

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