(Hyannis, March 5, 2018) The March 2 storm has impacted blood collection for use at Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital, which are in urgent need of blood donations. The hospitals must have at least one week’s worth of blood on hand at all times. Since each unit collected or purchased will only last between 35 to 42 days, it is a constant challenge to maintain sufficient supply. Numerous blood drives are being held across Cape Cod in March to benefit Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC). The majority of them will be held in the CCHC Blood Mobile, which is located in the parking lot of sponsoring businesses and organizations. All blood collected at CCHC Blood Drives stays on Cape Cod to help our families, friends and neighbors. Donors at any March blood drive, with one exception, will receive a gift card and beverage coupon from Cumberland Farms. Donors at the March 30 blood drive at Market Basket in Sagamore will receive a Market Basket gift card. Walk-ins are welcome at all blood drives. To make an appointment to donate blood, please visit www.capecodhealth.org/giveblood or call 508-86BLOOD. March 2018 CCHC Blood Drives • March 6: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pope John Paul II High School, 120 High School Road, Hyannis • March 7: 12 noon to 6 p.m., Anytime Fitness, 681 Falmouth Road, Mashpee • March 13: 12 noon to 6p.m., Sandwich Chamber of Commerce Blood Drive, Stoneman Outpatient Center, 2 Jan Sebastian Way, Sandwich • March 14: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mid Cape Home Centers, 465 Route 134, Dennis • March 17: 10 a.m.to 4 p.m., Rotary Home and Garden Show, Barnstable High School, 744 West Main Street, Hyannis • March 20: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Harbor Community Health Center, 735 Attucks Lane, Hyannis • March 21: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mashpee Library, 64 Steeple Street, Mashpee • March 22: 12 noon to 6 p.m., In honor of John Kotfila, Jr. at the John Wesley Church, 270 Gifford Street, Falmouth • March 26: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, 75 Brackett Road, North Eastham • March 27: 12 noon to 5 p.m., Chatham Community Blood Drive, Chatham Community Center, 702 Main Street, Chatham • March 28: 10 am. to 3:30 p.m., Falmouth Hospital, 100 Ter Heun Drive, Falmouth • March 30: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Market Basket, 1 Factory Outlet Way, Sagamore Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 5,300 employees and 790 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare has two acute care hospitals, the Cape’s leading provider of homecare and hospice services (VNA), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, an assisted living facility, and numerous health programs. For more information, visit Cape Cod Healthcare’s web site at www.capecodhealth.org. Cape Cod Healthcare. Visit our health news site www.capecodhealthnews.com for the latest in relevant and credible healthcare news.