MITCHELL, S.D. – (DRG News) Two blood drives are underway the next few days in Fort Pierre and Pierre. United Blood Services says the blood supply across both South and North Dakota is being negatively impacted right now by late planting, busy summer schedules and school being out. UBS says many blood drives aren’t bringing in the projected amount of blood needed to help regional hospitals. A blood drive will be held this afternoon at the Stanley County High School Old Gym. Walk-ins are welcome and today’s blood drive will be from 1:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. For more information, call UBS at 1-800-834-8525. Tomorrow, Avera St. Mary’s Hospital Employee Blood Drive will be held. The event will be at the St. Mary’s Hospital Cafeteria from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and to schedule an appointment, call Jerrie Gosch at 224-3139 or walk-ins will be welcome, too. In order to meet patient needs in the Dakotas, UBS says almost 600 units of blood must be collected each day.
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