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Blood supplies low for Lane Blood Center during summer months

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Summer is the slowest time of the year for blood donations.

According to Debee Brown, a recruiter for Lane Blood Center, summer is a critical time to donate blood.

The supply for blood is low as people leave town and schedule procedures, making the demand for blood high.

“Very high need for blood, more accidents happen, and a lot of people schedule surgeries and procedures,” said Brown.

"I had an occasion to have surgery and there was some complications and I lost a lot of blood. Since there was blood donations I was able to get blood transfusions and I am still here to talk about it,” said Yaakov Levine, a Nutritional Health Coach for Natural Grocers.

Levine started hosting blood drives at Natural grocers three years ago when they opened their Coburg Road location.

"I really feel it is important to start so that the next person that is going to need blood will have it when they need it," said Levine.

Lane Blood Center has merged with Bloodworks, supplying 90 hospitals around the Pacific Northwest.

"We need 800 people a day donating blood in order to supply those 90 hospitals,” said Brown.

Lane Blood Center is responsible for supplying blood at all the local hospitals.

"Our mobile unit does over 50% of our blood draws,” said Brown.

The mobile unit has phlebotomists, making the donations go quickly.

"The average donation is 5 to 10 minutes once you get going," said Melinda Sayamontry, a phlebotomist with Bloodworks.

Every time you donate blood, you save up to three lives.

"I hear stories of people that have had their lives changed, and it’s a real tearjerker whenever you hear them; when someone has a bleeding issue, or something where they need regular blood transfusions just to keep them alive,” said Levine.

To register go to the Lane Blood Center website.

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