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Need grows for donations

Area residents can help the community today by stopping in Dunkirk at the Brooks-TLC Hospital System or the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds. In case you have not heard, the supply of blood is at critically low levels around the region.

Two events — at Brooks main lobby from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — and the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds Ag & Expo building, which is sponsored by the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, from 2 to 7 p.m. will be looking for donors. Though appointments were requested, those walking in will not be turned away.

“We’re entering a very crucial time of the year, when the need for blood typically rises. We hope to offset some of the area’s shortages with this drive,” said Carroll Nalepa, Brooks-TLC laboratory director and blood drive coordinator.

Officials also note that area residents can be assured if they give local, it stays local, as 100-percent of the blood collected remains in the Western New York area.

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