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Storm Stalls Blood Drives; Your Help Needed

LIMERICK PA – Newton’s Third Law of Motion – “for every action, an equal and opposite reaction” – is playing out in a troublesome way in western Montgomery County and the greater Philadelphia area. Action: the arrival Monday and Tuesday (March 13-14, 2017) of Winter Storm Stella kept people indoors Tuesday and Wednesday (March 14-15). Reaction: those who stayed home did not attend, or donate to, scheduled blood drives.

Even people less observant than Newton could predict the result. The region faces a blood supply shortage, according to American Red Cross spokesperson Alana Mauger. More than 50 drives were canceled due to the storm, and about 1,500 units of blood went uncollected. There’s a big need, she added: within its Penn-Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania regions, the Red Cross must collect 1,000 units of blood daily just to meet patient demand.

So the question becomes, can Limerick area residents react as well, and donate a pint of blood? If so, here are two upcoming local drives:

  • March 29: Noon to 5 p.m., RevSpring, 105 Montgomery Ave., Oaks; and
  • March 29: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Venezia Transport, 86 Airport Road, Limerick.

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