Donors fill blood drive at Marian Regional Medical Center
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Donors fill blood drive at Marian Regional Medical Center

Marian Regional Medical Center partnered with Vitalant to encourage Santa Maria Valley residents to donate blood during a drive Wednesday in the hospital's conference center.

Organizers said they hoped to proactively support the community's needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to a reduction in the number of people donating blood.

Vitalant officials called the effort a success, with all of the appointments filled for the day in addition to walk-in donors.

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Vitalant plans more blood drives, including one from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge on Bradley Road.

They said all types of blood are needed, but Vitalant is especially looking for type O negative donors.

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