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Nebraska Community Blood Bank facing shortage, urges donations

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Posted at 10:36 AM, Aug 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-31 12:03:40-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — During the pandemic, many blood drives were canceled and the effects are still being felt. According to a release from the Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB), it’s facing a shortage of life-saving blood and platelet donations.

The NCBB said, “More than 50% of the blood supply was lost when community blood drives were canceled due to COVID-19 this year, and the supply remains low (less than a 3-day supply of all blood types). Blood drives are resuming.”

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

To make a donation appointment you can call 1-877-486-9414 or visit the NCBB website.

Upcoming drives:

Date Sponsor Location CityTime
09/02/21Lincoln Kiwanis Blood DriveFellowship Community ChurchLincoln12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
09/13/21Southeast Community College - Lincoln Campus8800 O StreetLincoln10:00 am - 2:00 pm
09/14/21Concordia University - Seward800 North Columbia AveSeward10:00 am - 3:00 pm
09/15/21Southeast Community College - Milford600 South State StreetMilford10:00 am - 3:00 pm
09/21/21Crete Carrier Corporation400 NW 56th StreetLincoln8:00 am - 3:00 pm
09/21/21Doane University1014 Boswell Ave Crete11:00 am - 3:00 pm
09/23/21Methodist Health System825 S. 169th Street Omaha7:00 am - 12:00 pm

To sweeten the deal, all presenting donors from Thursday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 6th will be entered for a chance to win a grill the NCBB said.

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