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Frequent donor Frank Baker making his 200th blood donation at the Cranberry Vitalant Donation Center.

Did you know you have the power to save lives by donating blood? Nonprofit blood provider Vitalant provides blood to most hospitals in western Pennsylvania, including UPMC Passavant Cranberry and Butler Memorial. However, since the pandemic, hospital patients are using blood donations faster than people are donating blood, and we are experiencing a national shortage:

Blood donation is a safe, comfortable process that takes only about an hour — from registration to juice and cookies! The actual donation generally takes only about 10 minutes.

Most healthy people are eligible to donate blood. Every whole blood donation can potentially save three patients’ lives, because their blood is separated into three components: red cells, platelets, and plasma.

· Red cells help pediatric patients, trauma or surgery patients, and people with anemia

· Platelets are needed by those being treated for cancer, people with blood disorders, and patients receiving open-heart surgeries and organ transplants

· Plasma is given to patients in shock, and those with severe burns or clotting disorders

Vitalant encourages donors to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water the day of their appointment. Vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals can donate, and everyone should bring ID (such as a driver’s license).

Vitalant hosts regular blood drives in the area, including these:

Sunday, Nov. 13 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Cranberry Community U.P. Church

2662 Rochester Road

Cranberry Township, Pa. 16066


Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

AHN-Grove City Medical Center

Conference Rooms C and D

631 N. Broad St. Ext.

Grove City, Pa. 16127


Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 2 to 7 p.m.

Harley-Davidson New Castle

4655 Route 422

New Castle, Pa. 16101


Sunday, Nov. 27 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Holy Sepulcher Roman Catholic Church

1304 East Cruikshank Rd

Butler, Pa. 16002


Monday, Nov. 28 from 1 PM to 5:30 p.m.

Community-Mercer County

Knights of Columbus

1342 S. Center St. Ext.

Grove City, Pa. 16127


Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Maplewood High School

30383 Guy Mills Road

Guys Mills, Pa. 16327


In addition, there are two blood donation centers with regular hours:

Butler Health System

127 Oneida Valley Road, Suite 206

Butler, Pa. 16001


Butler Centre – 2nd Floor

20421 Route 19

Cranberry Township, Pa. 16066


To learn more and schedule an appointment to donate, please visit or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825).

This article was submitted by Vitalant.

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