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Antelope Valley Hospital Kicks-Off Annual Summer Blood Drive

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(LANCASTER, Calif.) – Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) has kicked-off "Lucky Ducky Days," its annual summer blood drive designed to help ensure a sufficient local blood supply. Now through September 21 for each donation blood donors will receive a free rubber ducky and will be entered into a monthly prize drawing.

"During the summer months, when blood donations are low, our annual blood drive plays a critical role in helping to ensure an adequate blood supply," said Ellen Gaines, AVH’s blood services representative. "Elective surgeries tend to increase in the summer, but blood donations often decline this time of year because many regular donors are on vacation."

Donors must be 17 years old (16-year-old donors are welcome with a signed parent consent form). All donors receive a free cholesterol test.

"Giving blood is safe, easy and takes less than an hour," said Gaines. "Since all blood collected at the AVH Blood Donor Center stays in the Antelope Valley, your generous donation could be helping a friend, co-worker or loved one right here in our community."

The AVH Blood Donor Center is located at 44105 15th Street West, Suite 305, in Lancaster.

The center is open 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 Saturday 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.

About Antelope Valley Hospital

Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420-bed district hospital located in the city of Lancaster in northern Los Angeles County, has been serving the community for more than 60 years. The area’s only full-service hospital, AVH provides a full array of medical/surgical services, pediatric treatment, NICU, mental health, cancer care and more. It is a Level II trauma center, Accredited Chest Pain Center, Advanced Primary Stroke Center and a Certified Community Cancer Center. More information is available at www.avhospital.org or by calling 661-949-5000. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/antelopevalleyhospital.