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Westchester Blood Program beats target for summer drive

WESTCHESTER – More than 100 donors turned out for the Westchester Blood Program’s July 15 blood drive at Divine Providence School in Westchester, a news release from the program stated.

Participants donated 110 units of whole blood, red cells and plasma earmarked for operating rooms across the Chicago area, the release stated. Donors traveled from more than a dozen suburbs, from as far away as Lemont and South Elgin, according to the release.

“Reports that the area’s blood supply was down to five days helped to nudge them to sign up to donate at the Westchester Blood Program’s annual summer drive,” the release stated.

LifeSource Blood Services, which serves dozens of hospitals, had set a target of 90 units for the drive, the release stated.

“Welcoming so many donors to a drive in midsummer is next to a miracle,” Westchester Blood Program Chairman Carl Panek said in the release.

So far this year, the program has received just more than 300 units for area hospitals, the release stated. Its next drive will be Oct. 14.

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