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Blood drive scheduled for Saturday at Tyrone Social Center

A blood drive is scheduled for Saturday, July 16 at the Tyrone Social Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The drive is being sponsored by Kelly Wike, State Farm Insurance of Tyrone.
According to a press release, The Greater Alleghenies Region of American Red Cross Blood Services is joining its national headquarters and Red Cross blood regions across the country in issuing a national appeal for blood donations.
In order to meet the needs of hospital patients across the nation, the Red Cross strongly urges anyone who is eligible to give blood to call 1-800-Give-Life as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to donate or visit www.redcrosslife.org or www.givelife.org for a schedule of upcoming area blood drives.
According to the Red Cross, blood donations decline in the summer due to vacations, holidays and everyone’s busy lifestyle in the warm months. The blood shortages are also caused by the absence of high school blood drives and fewer students at college blood drives.
Giving blood takes very little time. Although about 60 percent of the people in America are eligible to donate blood, only five percent do. Anyone at least 17-years-of-age, weighing 105 pounds or more and feeling in good health may be eligible to donate blood.
Individuals with donor eligibility questions should call the nursing collections office at 1-800-542-5663.