Blood and Double Red Cells donated at Red Cross drive at HCCC

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Story Updated: Feb 15, 2012

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - It was a packed house at Herkimer County Community College on Wednesday for a blood drive.

Student activities and the college's baseball team sponsored the American Red Cross event. Some were taking part in Double Red Cell donations. The process for donating Double Red Cells is a little more complicated, but Red Cross officials say the end result could save six lives.

"It only takes a little bit longer, and actually, you are leaving with more fluid," said Diane O'Donnell of the American Red Cross. "We give you back you platelets and plasma. We're taking only the red cells and that helps more patients in need. You'd give every 112 days instead of the 56 days and it's a great product that our hospitals need."

For a Double Red Cell donation, your iron levels must be at a certain level.

To find a blood drive near you, you can visit the American Red Cross Blood Drive Website.

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