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Blood bank faces shortage after windstorm

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Inland Northwest Blood Center needs your help Inland Northwest Blood Center needs your help
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Due to cancellation and inability to host blood drives after wind in November and snow in December, the Inland Northwest Blood Center is struggling to regain its footing and meet the needs of the region.

The center says about 35 percent of its donations come from students, so the beginning of the year poses a big problem. Since students have been on vacation through the month of December, there are fewer opportunities for the blood center to reach out to a good portion of students. The windstorm and cancelled classes meant donations the blood bank usually gets to get it through slow times like January were very low.

The blood center is asking for the public's help to bulk up its blood supply so that it's fully equipped and ready to help save lives across the Inland Northwest. Looking to hit the gym in the new year? Those who donate to the center in January will receive a seven day guest pass to Anytime Fitness and six winners will receive a free one-year membership.

You can make your appointment by going to http://www.inbcsaveslives.org.

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