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Area blood drives announced for July

The American Red Cross has announced upcoming area blood drives for the month of July.
Giving blood is a safe process, is easy and takes very little time.
Upcoming blood drives include:
• Thursday, July 5 from noon to 6 p.m. at Tyrone Hookies Fire Hall;
• Saturday, July 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tyrone Area High School;
• Friday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Tyrone Hospital;
• Thursday, July 19 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at Epworth Manor and
• Tuesday, July 24 from 1 to 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Tyrone.
Another option is that individuals may 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).
The Greater Alleghenies Region of the American Red Cross Blood Services strongly urges anyone who is eligible to give blood to call 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.
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.