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Miller-Keystone Blood Center inventory at critical levels

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 06 2014 01:10:33 PM CST
Students roll up sleeves at memorial blood drive  11th annual Angela Hohl Memorial Blood Drive at Daniel Boone High School on Tuesday.
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. -

Miller-Keystone Blood Center wants your blood. Now.

Officials said Monday the center's inventory of red blood cells has reached critical levels.

“The ideal blood inventory on our shelves should be approximately 1500 units,” explained Deb Otto, director of donor development.

“At this time, we are only at about 700 units. O-negative blood units and A-positive blood units are particularly low, at only 50% of our desired inventory levels,” she added.

Seasonal illnesses and the holidays often create a shortage of blood collections, Otto said, and the recent inclement weather further impacted the situation.

The weather forced postponement or cancellation of blood drives, and prevent many donors from keeping appointments at regional donor centers.

“More than 450 donors are needed every day in our community, to help in the care of premature infants, accident victims, cancer patients and others in need of life-saving transfusions at our regional hospitals," Otto continued.

“Blood cannot be manufactured, it can only come from the kind generosity of volunteer blood donors. If there was ever a time to donate, now is that time.”

To find a blood drive, go to giveapint.org or visit a Miller-Keystone Blood Center at one of the following locations:

Bethlehem (1465 Valley Center Parkway): Monday – Thursday: 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.;

Allentown (1255 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Suite 1300) and Reading (2745A Leiscz's Bridge Rd.): Monday – Thursday: 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday: 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.;

Easton (2925 William Penn Highway, Suite 105): Monday and Friday: 7:30 a.m. –2:00 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday: 12 – 7 p.m., Saturday: 6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.;

Lionville (Lionville Shopping Center, 128 Eagleview Blvd.): Wednesday – Thursday: 12 – 7 p.m., Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.;

Brodheadsville satellite (Western Pocono Community Library, 2000 Pilgrim Way): Wednesday: 12 – 6 p.m.;

Hazleton satellite (Hazle Township Commons Building, 103 West 27th Street): 1st/3rd Friday 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., 2nd/4th Friday 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.;

Quakertown satellite (Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 102 N. Hellertown Ave.): every first and third Monday: 3 – 7 p.m. and

Wind Gap satellite (Plainfield Volunteer Fire Company, 6480 Sullivan Trail): Tuesday (bi-weekly) and Thursday (weekly): 3 - 7 p.m.