“Phil,” the blood drop sits atop the ribbon at LifeSource ceremony.RoundTable photo

LifeSource blood center has been at 2436 Main St., a part of Main Street Marketplace, for almost two years, but the Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting there on June 26 to draw attention to the location and the need for blood donors.
 
LifeSource serves about 40 area hospitals, delivering donated blood in the form of red cells, plasma or platelets. “In the summer there is a need for more blood, because of vacations, travel and such,” said donor recruiter Rich Ricchio.  “A pint of blood helps support up to three lives,” he added.
 
Janine Paulin, who supervises the center, said they have about 400 donors per month. Most make an appointment, but there are five or six walk-ins per day, she said.

It takes about 10 minutes for the blood to be drawn, said Mr. Ricchio, but the entire process, “registration to refreshments,” is about an hour.

At the ribbon-cutting, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl commented on the comfortable facilities and encouraged everyone to donate blood. Geri Venable of LifeSource echoed that request and thanked those who have donated in the past.
 
Will Schultze and Oliver Goodrich of the adjacent Starbuck’s coffee shop participated in the ceremonial ribbon-cutting. During certain promotions, that Starbuck’s has offered a free drink to anyone who donated blood next door.