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Blood worth bottling (4)

By Li Ying (Global Times)

10:31, January 10, 2012

Beijing's blood banks

In addition to the online support group, the Love Home of Beijing at the city's Red Cross Blood Center is a governmental charity that specializes in supplying rare blood to medical clinics.

The organization was founded in 2001 and now has more than 1,140 members in the capital. Over the past three years, about 700 people have regularly rolled up their sleeves to donate blood to the organization.

Zhong Qinglin, 49, has donated once or twice every year at voluntary blood donation buses since 2004 when he learned his blood type was Rh O-negative. Over the past eight years, Zhong has donated about 4.4 liters of blood - almost equivalent to an average adult's blood volume. Despite his generous efforts, his wife doesn't support his blood donations.

"I have donated 12 times, but only have 11 certificates that verify my blood donations," said Zhong.

"One was lost after I hid it from my wife, but I also failed to find it," he said with a smile.

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