Blood drives move to Masonic Center

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Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013 12:00 am

The American Red Cross will move its Papillion community blood drives from Sump Memorial Library to a new home with more space.

Beginning Sept. 11, the monthly drives will be held at the Papillion Masonic Center, 122 E. Third St.

Last year, more than 450 pints of blood were given at the library in a dozen community drives, and the Red Cross hopes to accommodate even more donors using the larger space that the new site offers.

April Oppliger, program manager for the Red Cross, said in an email that between the January and August community blood drives, there has been an average of 37 pints collected per drive. Moving to the new location, there will be a new goal of 45 pints per drive, which is a goal the Red Cross believes can be achieved.

She said a Red Cross official in charge of Papillion selected the new site because it is centrally located, offers greater parking access and is accessible while provides extra space for expansion.

“We’ve been so grateful to the library for hosting us,” Oppliger said. “We see a larger site and more growth potential at the Masonic Home.”

The first drive at the Masonic Center will be Sept. 11, which is sponsored by the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce. The drive runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To thank the Papillion community for its support and celebrate the new location, the blood drive will feature refreshments and prize drawing. All blood donors will receive a coupon for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips.

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