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Bethlehem blood center to reopen Friday

Officials say the Miller-Keystone Blood Center in Bethlehem will reopen Friday after being closed for almost a week due to a burst pipe.

“The Blood Center is extremely grateful for the response of our community to our needs over this past week,” said Michael McShane, Senior Director of Recruitment/Development/Marketing. “From our regional media outlets and community partners, who helped get the word out…to our blood donors who traveled to our other locations to give the gift of life…to the organizations who assisted with clean-up and reconstruction…the outpouring of support that we received was overwhelming and tremendously appreciated.” 

The blood center was flooded Sunday as frigid temperatures caused a water pipe to burst. Additional locations extended their hours to help make up for the closed Bethlehem location.

McShane said a loss of approximately 450 units for the community blood supply resulted from the center's inability to collect blood donations.

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