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Blood drive at WF Fire Department Aug. 28

Every two seconds, someone needs blood. This year alone, blood transfusions will help to save or sustain the lives of more than 5 million patients.

United Blood Services encourages the West Fargo Community to come out and support the West Fargo Fire Department's effort to save lives through blood donation on Wednesday, August, 28, from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at the West Fargo Fire Department, 108 1st St.

UBS must maintain an adequate blood supply so they are ready every day for any emergency or disaster. There is no substitute for blood. It is only available because of volunteer blood donors. Everyone, both regular and first time donors, are encouraged to make an appointment at or by calling 701-293-9453. With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn points in United Blood Services' Hero in Me rewards program.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. For more information, visit

United Blood Services of the Dakotas has offices in Bismarck, Fargo, Minot, N.D. and Aberdeen, Mitchell, and Rapid City S.D., collecting more than 125,000 blood products each year to help save the lives of patients in 93 area hospitals. Each center serves as their community's only non-profit blood provider, and together they are part of the national United Blood Services network, which helps save and sustain the lives of patients in 18 states