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More Beijingers donate blood during holiday
Updated: 2005-02-13 23:03

A pair of anonymous lovers donated blood voluntarily at the ongoing Longtan temple fair on Sunday in China's capital to celebrate the upcoming Valentine's Day.

Volunteers form Liaocheng University at Shandong Province's Liaocheng donate blood. [newsphoto]

The blood center under the municipal Red Cross Society called for more lovers to spend the romantic day by donating blood, so as to meet the clinical blood demand here in Beijing. And on the special day for lovers, the center will prepare a small gift and a rose for each blood donor.

At the threshold of the Chinese Lunar New Year that fell on Feb. 9, the center had only 1,000 units (one unit equals to 200 cc) of blood in store, or one fifth of the normal standard of 5,000 units, sources with the center said.

To satisfy its pressing needs, the blood center has dispatched blood collection vehicles to seven temple fairs, including Longtan, the Temple of Earth and Chaoyang Park, and to the Beijing Railway Station as well as major downtown shopping malls, according to the sources.

The center has also invited 14 volunteers to explain basic knowledge about blood donation aboard every blood collection vehicle at the temple fairs and malls, the sources added.

In the first two days of the week-long Spring Festival holiday, more than 1,400 people donated blood in Beijing, with a daily donation tripling the regular average, the sources added.

By press time, the blood center has increased its blood storage to more than 4,000 units, which is able to meet clinical needs for the holiday season, the sources said.

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