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Two upcoming blood drives scheduled in Tyrone

According to The Red Cross, every two seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion in the United States.
Currently there is less than one and a half days supply of O Positive, O Negative, A Positive and B Negative in the 100-county region. There is less than two days’ supply of B Positive and A Negative. The Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region must collect at least 1,000 units of blood each weekday to meet the needs of the area.
According to a release from The Red Cross, approximately half of the population is eligible to give blood, however only five percent donate each year.
There are two upcoming opportunities for individuals to donate blood in the Tyrone area.
On Tuesday, September 6 a “special O drive” will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on 13th St. from 1 to 7 p.m.
Then, on Thursday, September 8 a blood drive is scheduled at the Epworth Manor multi-purpose room at 925 S. Lincoln Avenue from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Also, the Altoona Donation Center is open every Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m. for those individuals who would like to make an appointment. For more information about the Altoona Donation Center, call 941-8385.
To be eligible to give blood, an individual must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 105 pounds and be in generally good health.
Anyone with questions regarding eligibility may call the nursing collections department at 1-800-542-5663. For more information about local blood drives, call 1-800-Give-Life or visit www.redcrosslife.org.