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Bud76

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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2011 10:17:01 PM

Are you a blood donor if not have you thought about donating? Long time donor here the blood bank has my number and knows it well I am always trying to recruit new donors and your reward is saving a life and orange juice and cookies after donating.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2014 2:33:45 AM

Houston is rattling the bottom of the barrel on O negative and B negative units.

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Toadman7
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 4:56:58 PM

I need to donate again, I am past due for my next donation.
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Bud76
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 3:24:45 PM

Donated at the blood bank today supply is still down and the blood bank was empty for donors. No leaches this morning :-)
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ministorage
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2014 10:36:59 PM

My next bloodletting is coming up soon. I like the fact they're using leaches again. The process feels much more natural and organic. (kidding!) ;-)

[Edited by: ministorage at 3/23/2014 10:37:22 PM EST]
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Bud76
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2014 9:56:31 PM

Donation this coming Thursday supply is still low.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 17, 2014 10:49:57 PM

One comment about the Pasadena Neighborhood Donor Center: All the donor chairs have individual TV's. At the Clear Lake Neighborhood Donor Center, only the apheresis chairs have individual TV's. Whole blood donors sit there and share a communal TV.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2014 2:18:31 AM

Scheduled myself for May 5th.
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diva katan
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:32:19 PM

I donated whole blood this morning.
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KatmanDo
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2014 2:36:44 AM

"I'm at 176 whole blood donations. One guy is at just about 1000 plasma donations which you can do once a week."

Bravo to both of you! You're clearly making a difference in the lives of a number of people who needed blood.
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nichols
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2014 12:33:45 PM

I'm at 176 whole blood donations. One guy is at just about 1000 plasma donations which you can do once a week.
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KatmanDo
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2014 2:47:00 AM

"Pasadena Neighborhood Donor Center didn't have a bit of trouble."

Sometimes it's the attitude which is the true problem. Glad to hear the new donor center did the trick.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2014 6:04:56 PM

I'm sitting in the post-donation area having my recommended salty snacks.

I think the Clear Lake Neighborhood Donor Center got a bit too gunshy with me. Pasadena Neighborhood Donor Center didn't have a bit of trouble.
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Bud76
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2014 11:40:05 AM

My mother needed a transfusion of blood not long before her death and the blood bank was there for her.
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KatmanDo
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Message Posted: Mar 5, 2014 1:54:30 AM

"Donating gives me a great feeling, the power to help others."

That's what it's all about. In addition, one never knows when a loved one or even the donor may need to be given blood. It always helps to have a positive balance in the Bank of Karma when such withdrawals are needed.
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diva katan
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2014 9:14:23 PM

I am scheduled to donate next week.
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ECMM
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2014 7:18:57 AM

I am a regular donor, blood is O- and always marked for pediatric / trauma. Donating gives me a great feeling, the power to help others.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2014 1:50:21 AM

My BFF is of the opinion I should give up.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2014 12:37:40 AM

My BFF and her Mom came over today. I fed all of us Chinese food. They carried out a good bit of trash. They didn't bring over Rocky. Still going to try Monday, March 10th.

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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2014 1:13:02 AM

Was going to try again Monday the 3rd, now my BFF and her Mom want to come over that day. So, I'll go Monday the 10th. They are going to bring Rocky the dog.
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Bud76
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2014 9:40:59 AM

I went back to whole blood donation after being a platelet donor for many years was getting some serious scar issues. Whole blood donations and have more down time between donations.
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KatmanDo
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2014 1:38:07 AM

"I may have to retire as a donor."

Unfortunately, it seems like only a matter of time before any particular donor becomes ineligible for one reason or another. This is one of my primary reasons to keep donating on a regular basis, for one day I'll probably no longer be eligible.

Thank you for all of your donations to anyone who has made the effort -- especially those who have given blood on more than one occasion.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 6:14:59 PM

The last one came in, she didn't feel at ease poking me either. They said to try another Neighborhood Donor Center to see if they feel at ease poking me. I may have to retire as a donor.



[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 2/24/2014 6:15:49 PM EST]
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2014 6:07:43 PM

I came in. They have four phlebotomists. One is out, the other three don't feel at ease poking me. Guess we may have to reschedule for today if she doesn't show up from a late lunch, or was that an early dinner?


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 2/24/2014 6:08:16 PM EST]
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Bud76
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2014 10:21:45 PM

I start hydrating one day before donation never drink enough water I live on coffee and the blood bank does not want to hear that. I make it a point to increase my water intake making for an easier donation.
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KatmanDo
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2014 1:43:05 AM

"I tried and failed to donate twice last December; they poked me but blood failed to come out enough to complete the donation."

I ran into a problem along that line a number of years ago while trying to donate in the Phoenix area. I neglected to drink extra fluids beforehand. Then my blood stopped coming out before they had gotten a full pint from me. Back home, the folks at American Red Cross concluded that the Blood Services staff drawing my blood out in Phoenix had messed up, as there are established procedures to fix the problem when that happens. I haven't tried donating in an arid area since then, so I don't know if it was a fluke or what.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2014 1:04:55 AM

I tried and failed to donate twice last December; they poked me but blood failed to come out enough to complete the donation. If I fail a third time, I'm going to ask them if I'm a lost cause because my veins have had enough use and abuse.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2014 1:01:58 AM

Houston is critically short of all the Rh-negative types.

I saw an interview of the head of the New York Blood Center on TV where they said they get concerned when the supply of O negative goes down to two days. Houston would die to have a two-day supply of O negative. They're down to a one-day supply on all the Rh-negative types. They need a lot more Hispanics donating as more than 50% of Hispanics are type O.
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KatmanDo
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2014 1:49:18 AM

"Our 1,000th donation donor has donated both whole blood and platelets over a span of fifty years. He is in his seventies and still active in the support of the blood bank."

That's wonderful to hear! Kudos to him! There's one life which clearly has made a difference in the lives of many others. May he live long and remain in good health.
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Bud76
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2014 11:03:10 PM

Our 1,000th donation donor has donated both whole blood and platelets over a span of fifty years. He is in his seventies and still active in the support of the blood bank.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2014 8:48:06 PM

On Feb 7, 2014 2:40:59 PM, I wrote:

>Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is incenting donors to show up at their fixed site collection
>centers starting next week on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.

And every four-day weekend period through Monday, March 10.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2014 8:45:41 PM

Watching Texas Cable News (a channel that covers news stories from Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio). They just did a story from San Antonio that they're requesting donors to come in.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2014 3:40:59 PM

Blood supply is increasing in Houston, but type O and all the Rh negative types are in short supply.

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is incenting donors to show up at their fixed site collection centers starting next week on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 2/7/2014 3:44:43 PM EST]
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2014 3:38:03 PM

On Feb 7, 2014 1:50:21 PM, Bud76 wrote:

>One of our local donors here just made his 1,000th donation.

He had to have been doing platelets as you have to wait eight weeks between whole blood donations. To do 1000 whole blood donations, you would have to have started donating when Abraham Lincoln was President. Even doing platelets (24 donations per year), you would have to go back to 1972. I can remember that they did collect components n the 1970s when I was in college, but the college blood drives were all whole blood. I would remember as I worked at the blood drives and got to take the blood bags and add the identification stickers and the two Vacutainers they used back then for the lab testing (they use four now).

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Bud76
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2014 2:50:21 PM

One of our local donors here just made his 1,000th donation.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 8:16:18 AM

Houston had ice storms last Friday (pretty much shut the city down) and Tuesday (they largely missed the forecast although there were icy spots in places). Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is scraping the bottom of the barrel for type AB and all the Rh negative types. They are offering 500 bonus donation points (enough to get a T-shirt) if you go into one of their fixed site locations Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. Won't do me any good, can't donate until the 20th of February and I'm going to wait to the 24th so I'll be back on a schedule of donating Mondays.
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Bud76
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2014 3:28:18 PM

Will donate tomorrow the blood supply is at critical levels. The local blood bank has posted in facebook and on radio needing donors.
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feelinbad
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2014 12:01:00 PM

I donate regularly, over 4 gallons now.
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sirreal1984
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2014 10:53:02 AM

I donate regularly.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 8:27:51 PM

I scheduled my next donation for 4:00 PM, 24 February 2014.

Blood supplies around here are critically low, there's a lot of people with the flu according to the local news.



[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 1/17/2014 8:27:35 PM EST]
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2014 6:12:49 PM

On Jan 4, 2014 4:40:41 PM, sunlover88 wrote:

>I have found a week of daily dose of Iron 65 mg / 325 mg Ferrous Sulphate
>gets my Hgb well above the lower limit for donation.

My blood bank, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, comes out and states flat-out that regular donors should take supplemental iron. My pill of choice is a womens' multivitamin with 18 milligrams of iron daily. Used to take about twelve weeks to recover post-donation until I starting taking multivitamins with iron. Now, I try every eight weeks like clockwork.
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sunlover88
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2014 5:40:41 PM

Due again end of this month - I have found a week of daily dose of Iron 65 mg / 325 mg Ferrous Sulphate gets my Hgb well above the lower limit for donation.
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Bud76
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2014 4:01:18 PM

My next donation will be 1/30/2014
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2013 8:35:42 PM

On Dec 26, 2013 6:09:43 PM, I wrote:

>I'm going to have to wait until February 11th, 2014 to try again.

They put the wrong date somehow on the brochure. The actual date is February 20th, 2014. Since I'm going to go back to Monday donations, the next date I'll go in is February 24th, 2014.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2013 1:02:13 PM

My local Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Neighborhood Donor Center discontinued being open on Mondays. Guess they decided that wasn't a good idea. So, they decided to open again on Mondays. Last time I gave was a Thursday, so I guess I'm going to wait eight weeks and until the next Monday to donate again.
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KatmanDo
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Message Posted: Dec 28, 2013 12:16:11 AM

"The place where I prefer to donate is having their drive again on 12/27"

Update: I stopped by the blood drive location early today on my way home from running some errands. It turned out that the usual volunteer coordinator was there and that the name I'd been sent on some communication from Red Cross was the Red Cross employee who oversees this particular donation site (as well as several others). I was told they'd try to squeeze me in at my preferred time, so I returned then and was able to donate. They signed me up for their drive in April too, while I was there.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2013 4:17:31 PM

On Dec 26, 2013 11:24:02 PM, KatmanDo wrote:

>So, I phoned Red Cross and discovered that there are no available
>appointments for tomorrow! I was advised to try doing a walk-in.

Especially being in the cold and flu season, people will self-defer if they come down with either one and not show. If I have an appointment that day and if I don't feel good for any reason, I skip my appointment and make another one a week later. (I kind of like Tuesday afternoon for donations, but they closed Christmas Eve at 2:00 PM and also like going in late in the afternoon after I've had a while to go to a restaurant and drink up.)

Red Cross may pack the donors in tighter than Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center does. I've never seen a time where they didn't have at least one vacant donor chair, but I've seen a time where all the screening rooms were occupied for a short period. They do have more donor chairs than they do screening rooms. They have even bumped me up to a plateletpheresis donor chair, which are usually used to do automated procedures but they are more desirable than the regular chairs because you get to watch your own TV.

[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 12/27/2013 4:21:57 PM EST]
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2013 4:02:19 PM

I learned something yesterday that I didn't know about Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center: that the monitors they have in the screening rooms are now touchscreen monitors. My screener (who was new to me) was using the touchscreen capability. I'd never seen a screener use the touchscreen before, most of them use the mouse to move around.

The Blood Center lets the donors who are familiar with computers do the health history interview themselves at the computer with two pages of explanatory material by their side. (Information like drugs they want to know about if you have taken them, the various places that constitute "being in the United Kingdom," states where tattoo shops are required to follow universal precautions, and the like.) I first started out trying to do the health history interview with the mouse, but realized the mouse cord wouldn't extend over far enough that I could use it with my left hand. So I switched to using the touchscreen. I flew through the health history interview in record time!


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 12/27/2013 4:03:04 PM EST]
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KatmanDo
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2013 12:24:02 AM

"The place where I prefer to donate is having their drive again on 12/27"

Update: I found a contact phone number listed on a post card about the drive. It turns out that number is for the organization in general, not for the volunteer handling the blood drive. I left a voice mail message but have not received a return call. So, I phoned Red Cross and discovered that there are no available appointments for tomorrow! I was advised to try doing a walk-in. We'll see how that works out.

[Edited by: KatmanDo at 12/27/2013 12:24:22 AM EST]
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2013 7:09:43 PM

Tried and failed again today (the day after Christmas). The phlebotomist said my clotting response was so strong I should take aspirin. I'm a bit concerned about that recommendation because I also take Depakote and aspirin bumps Depakote off its plasma binding site. I need to go to my pdoc and discuss if it is safe for me to take aspirin. I think the only thing they have to do is monitor and adjust my Depakote level. I'm going to have to wait until February 11th, 2014 to try again.


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 12/26/2013 7:11:41 PM EST]
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CarSalesmanPA
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2013 11:02:49 AM

We're having another blood drive at the dealership tomorrow...
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