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Salem Township Hospital Joins American Red Cross Champions for Life Campaign, Blood Drive Wednesday

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

The American Red Cross has announced that Salem Township Hospital is joining the Red Cross as a partner in the Red Cross' Champions for Life campaign.  As part of their contribution, Salem Township Hospital will sponsor four Red Cross blood drives in Salem this year.  

The next Salem Community Blood drive will be sponsored by Salem Township Hospital.  It will take place on Wednesday, February 20th from Noon to 6 p.m. at the Salem Community Activities Center at Oglesby and Hamilton.  Everyone who attempts to donate blood will receive a Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.    

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.  A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17-years-old, 16-years-old with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  High school students and other donors 18-years-old and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

The Champions for Life initiative benefits the Red Cross by increasing blood donations at hospital-sponsored blood drives and recognizing hospital sponsors and blood donors for their generous efforts.  To meet its top priority, which is to provide safe, reliable blood products to patients in need,  the Red Cross depends on partnerships with area hospitals, including Salem Township Hospital.  For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or read their blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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