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One Blood, the main provider of blood services to the Pensacola region is expanding its reach in the southeast.  Susan Forbes, the Vice president for Marketing and Communications for One Blood says they are merging with The Blood Alliance, a Jacksonville based non-profit that provides blood to more than 30 hospitals in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The merger is complete as of July 31.

School is back in session soon and OneBlood is urging everyone to put donating blood on their back-to-school shopping list.

According to OneBlood, a transfusion is neede d about every two seconds nationwide. And spokeswoman Betty Roberts says locally, it’s been their summer of discontent.

“Traditionally in the summer blood donations decrease, and we’ve seen that,” said Roberts. “So we’re making every effort to do some ‘back to school’ blood drives to bring the level of the blood supply up to where it needs to be.”

  With summer coming up, a notoriously slow time of the year for blood centers, the firm OneBlood is asking donors to double up.

Summer is one of the periods each year, when blood donations drop to very low levels. That’s when school is out and families are on the road for vacation. Betty Roberts at OneBlood’s Pensacola office says that’s where the “2 From You” promotion comes in.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the blood service OneBlood is reminding everyone that blood donors play a major role in helping women battling the disease.

Normally, when the subject of giving blood comes up, the first thoughts for many are that the blood is for accident victims or surgical patients. But OneBlood’s Betty Roberts says blood and platelets are also used to counter the harsh effects of chemotherapy throughout their treatment.

More changes are in the works for OneBlood. The Orlando-based blood bank, which has an office in Pensacola, is entering into an agreement with The Institute for Transfusion Medicine.

Based in Pittsburgh, ITxM is a not-for-profit blood center and transfusion services organization that operates in Chicago, Virginia and parts of Ohio and West Virginia. OneBlood, serves most of Florida and parts of South Alabama and Georgia.

The need for blood never stops, even when a hurricane or tropical storm barrels through town.  That’s why OneBlood, the local blood center, is urging all donors to include blood donation as part of their hurricane preparations.