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Police departments invite the community to donate blood toward their overall totals

Lancaster General Health’s Blood Donor Center is hosting the Bleed Blue Challenge, a blood donation competition organized by local police departments.

The Manheim Township, East Hempfield, East Lampeter, PA State, Columbia Borough, Millersville Borough, Millersville University, Lancaster City, Lititz Borough, W. Hempfield, Northwest Regional, Mt. Joy Borough, Pequea Township, Quarryville Borough, and Strasburg Borough police departments are competing to see which department, along with their community members, can donate the most blood. LG Health invites the community to participate in the challenge by donating on behalf of a select police department.

The competition runs Jan. 4-29, 2021 as part of an initiative to engage and give back to the community. The police department with the most community and police donations will receive a plaque at the end of the challenge.

There will be a Bleed Blue Blood Drive on National Law Enforcement Day, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 at the Eden Resort & Suites, Crystal Ballroom, 222 Eden Rd. Lancaster, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please sign-up for a donation time at this link:

“During winter weather, flu season and busy holiday schedules, blood donations drop across the country. To ensure an adequate supply of blood during the winter, community members are encouraged to donate blood at the LG Health Blood Donor Center or at one of LG Health’s Community Blood Drives in support of their local police department,” said Brian Stambaugh, Director Laboratory Operations at LG Health. “Our first responders and police are great leaders in caring for our community. This effort is one more contribution they are willing to make.”

Interested participants can visit the LG Health Blood Donor Center Mondays 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or visit for a list of upcoming blood drives in the community. To donate blood, participants must be 16 years or older, a minimum of 110 lbs., in good health, have no history of hepatitis, and no tattoos or body piercing within the last 3 months.

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