First Lutheran to hold blood drive Feb. 17

Published 9:28 am Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The First Lutheran Church Blood Drive will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in Bethany Hall, 301 West dark Street.

Help meet the need and give blood. Weather and illness affect blood donations during winter months. All blood types are needed.

Eligible individuals can donate blood every 56 days. Identification is required at check-in. People must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and in good health.

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Appointments can be made by calling Julie Schewe at 373-6424. Walk-ins are welcome.

When you donate blood, you help save lives. It’s one of the greatest gifts that you can give. It may be only a pint of blood for you, but for a patient in need it can mean the difference between life and death.

The American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, they provide relief to victims of disaster, train millions in lifesaving skills, serve as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.