Valentine’s Day donations help critically low blood suppy in Lehigh Valley

Written by on February 15, 2021

Valentine’s Day donations help critically low blood suppy in Lehigh Valley

By Ben Stemrich

February 15, 2021

When most think of giving on Valentine’s Day, it’s usually flowers or candy and if you’re lucky, both. However, one organization decided there was a better way to celebrate – a blood drive. WLVR’s Ben Stemrich has more.

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Some employees at Miller Keystone in Bethlehem said they haven’t seen blood supplies this low in their 15 years on the job. Schools being closed and snowstorms are big factors, according to Krista Hill with the center.

“We really need blood especially right now. If we have an incident like Texas had with that many car accidents, we won’t have the blood to supply it.”

The “We Love U Foundation” is holding blood drives across the country all month. Donations collected at Sunday’s drive from volunteers like Annabelle Yciano of Allentown will stay local.

“That’s actually pretty amazing to think that it could be a coworker, or a long lost friend or just a stranger walking down the street that has my blood now. You know it’s about them, not me, but that’s a really warm feeling.”

Hill said that a donation of one pint of blood can save up to three lives.

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