(Fort Leonard Wood)–The Military Healthcare System as a whole requires 400 units of blood every day to meet routine operations around the globe. However, Holiday Block Leave greatly reduces the number of potential donors the last two weeks of December. In order to meet the challenge, the Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center is inviting everyone to donate blood during one of two Armed Services Blood Program blood drives this Sunday and Monday. The Main Post Exchange will host a blood drive Sunday from 9 a-m to 2 p-m in the small area by the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital pharmacy. On Monday, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital will host another blood drive from 7 a-m to 2 p-m in the Primary Care conference room on the first floor, across from the Internal Medicine Clinic. Anyone who has access to Fort Wood can donate blood. Individuals must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old, and have been feeling well for at least three days before donating. Be sure to bring a list of foreign countries visited, including when, where, and for how long.
People donating at either drive will receive an Armed Services Blood Program T-shirt, some juice and cookies, and coupons for reduced prices on Family Morale, Welfare, and Recreation activities.
The Fort Wood Blood Donor Center will be closes for collections December 24th, 25th, and 31st, and January 1st.