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Blood Donor Center Offering Pies for Pints

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The first 24 donors who donate a pint of blood on Tuesday, Nov. 21, and Wednesday, Nov. 22, will receive a free apple or pumpkin pie. All blood donated at the Antelope Valley Medical Center (AVMC) Blood Donor Center is used right here at the hospital.

"During the holiday season, blood donations often decline as people become busy with holiday preparations and travel, but our need for blood remains constant," said AVMC Blood Services Coordinator Ellen Gaines. "Blood donors literally make the difference between life and death for patients every day."

Every donor receives a free cholesterol test, and all blood collected will be used for patients at Antelope Valley Medical Center. It only takes about 5-10 minutes to give a pint of blood, but donors should plan to spend about an hour in order to complete the entire process.

The AVMC Blood Donor Center is located on the hospital’s campus in the Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging Center at 44105 15th Street West, Suite 305, at the intersection of 15th Street West and Avenue J-5. Though the Blood Donor Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, its regular hours of operation are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the first and third Saturdays of each month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, or donors can make an appointment by calling 661-949-5622.