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First Presbyterian Church added to local blood drive schedule

Previously it was announced there will be a blood drive held Wednesday, October 11, at the Tyrone Area High School from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In addition, it was recently announced another blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17 at the First Presbyterian Church in Tyrone. Located on 13th Street, the church will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. for donations.
Giving blood is a safe process, is easy and takes very little time. For more information on upcoming blood drives, visit www.givelife.org.
Individuals may always visit the Altoona Donation Center to give blood. The center is open on Tuesdays from noon to 6 p.m. and is located on Kettle Road, two blocks off E. Pleasant Valley Blvd. Call 941-8386 with questions.
Also, individuals are always able to schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-Give-Life (1-800-448-3543).
Individuals who are eligible to give blood are urged to call as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to donate or visit www.redcrosslife.org for a schedule of upcoming area blood drives.
Remember, all blood types are needed every day.
Although giving blood takes very little time and 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 110 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.
The Red Cross would also like to remind people that the weight requirement has changed. The previous weight was 105 pounds, but donations will no longer be accepted from persons weighing less than 110 pounds. While this affects few donors, the Red Cross wants to get the word out to help prevent confusion at blood collection centers.