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Chadron active in blood drives...but still needs more donors

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January is National Blood Donor Month, and KOTA Territory News is bringing you a series of stories on how you can give the gift of life in your community.

Today... the focus is at Chadron Community Hospital. They host an average of five blood drives per year.

"We usually draw between 35 and 45 donors at each drive," explains Jolene Hagman, the lab manager at the hospital.

She says that blood goes back to Scottsbluff where it is processed, and then distributed throughout the panhandle.

"We would certainly like to see more community involvement." Hagman says there are the regulars that come out to donate.

"We have the old faithful donors that have donated for years and that are very committed to it." And while they appreciate all their help, "We would like to have new donors come in."

Last year the hospital used about 150 units of blood... and the need will continue to be there for years to come.

"You're really taking care of your neighbors when you do donate blood," explains Hagman.

The first blood drive for 20-13 is already in the works. "We are just in the process of scheduling one. It will be towards the end of February or the first part of March."

People who are interested in donating at the hospital's next blood drive are asked to call (308)432-0273 to get added to the list.

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