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DLHS student council hosts blood drive; collects 70 units of blood

The Student Council hosted a blood drive with United Blood Services (UBS) on Dec. 20 at Detroit Lakes High School, which helped collect a total of 70 units of blood for patients in need.

A total of 74 individuals volunteered to donate blood and 58 individuals were able to donate (34 of which were first-time donors). A total of twelve donors also came forward to donate Power Red Cells (2RBC), which collects two units of red blood cells while returning platelets, plasma, and a saline solution back to the donor.

UBS expressed their gratitude to Mary Haus who coordinated the drive and the Student Council of Detroit Lakes High School, which sponsored the blood drive, as well as others who assisted the day of the drive: Carly Fritz, Zoe Allen, Jacob Hanson, and Conner Froke.

UBS strives to keep a five-day supply of every blood type on the shelf at all times to be able to meet the needs of patients across the region. Donations from O-negative donors, the universal blood type, are especially important this time of year due to increased accidents and trauma cases.

United Blood Services is the only blood provider for nearly 70 hospitals across the region. The blood supply is dependent on selfless donations from volunteer donors to ensure the lifesaving needs of the region are met.

About 30 percent of UBS's blood supply goes to cancer patients across the region, and one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood. Those relying on blood in the region receive that life-saving blood from UBS.

Donors can make a convenient appointment to give blood at or by calling (877) 827-4376.

With each donation, donors receive a free total cholesterol test and earn points in United Blood Services' Hero in Me rewards program.

Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History the day they donate on