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Blood donation drive faces low turnout despite critically low supply

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Low turnout at blood drive

EUGENE, Ore. – Only a few people showed up to a blood donation drive held at the WOW Hall today, despite the critical need for donated blood.

The donation event was held by Bloodworks Northwest at the WOW Hall and lasted from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Bloodworks said that this time of year is a critical window for blood donation as the upcoming Memorial Day holiday will lead to more people driving, which likely means more car crashes and more blood needed for emergency care.

The WOW Hall was the site of a mass shooting earlier in the year. Bloodworks says that their ready supply helped save lives in the aftermath of the shooting. However, they also say that blood stores have depleted to critically low levels since then, and more blood is needed. They also stress the need for a supply of blood platelets, which are used in cancer treatment.

This is the first event that Bloodworks has held at the WOW Hall, and they think that this may be partly responsible for the low turnout. Bloodworks says they will be holding more events at the WOW Hall, and that there should be more donors as word of the events spreads.

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