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Blood Bank of Delmarva Urgently Calling for Donors, After Reports of Decline in Donations

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- According to Blood Bank of Delmarva, the Mid-Atlantic region’s blood supply has never been lower. That is why it is urgently calling for donors and will be setting up blood drives every day all across Delmarva. 

"Now that we're moving into the fall, we're noticing a decline in blood collection...it's not something that we can just take a back seat to, it's not that we don't have blood on our shelves, it's that we could potentially not have enough blood on our shelves, to support a trauma situation," said Lynda Letts, the mobile manager for Blood Bank of Delmarva. 

BBD cited the following factors, which have led to the current shortage:   

  • Decline in overall donor base
  • Decline in first-time donors
  • Decline in repeat donations
  • Increased demand for blood products

A common misconception is who can and cannot donate. 

"There's a lot of preconceived, 'Well, I I have diabetes so I can't donate.' Well guess what, yes you can," added Letts.

According to workers from BDD, one donation can save about three lives. Donors say they leave blood banks feeling good, because for just an hour of their day, they get to save lives in return. 

"If there's anybody out there, please come out...it's a feel good thing...whenever you help somebody you feel good about it," said Curtis Mitchell, a donor from the area. 

For more information on where and when you can donate visit delmarvablood.org.

 

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