Help others by giving blood

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 8, 2007

Roll up your sleeves and help the Black Belt Service Center of the American Red Cross in its blood drive.

The event is set Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m. the Carl Morgan Convention Center. Co-sponsored by WAKA-TV and FaithRadio, the Donor Round-up hopes to address the need for blood donors.

It’s a give and take situation. You give blood, and the American Red Cross gives you something as well. There will be door prizes given, an American Red Cross T-shirt for each donor, a stress ball, and a chance to win two round-trip tickets on Delta AirLines.

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Here’s some things potential blood donors should know:

& To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good overall health and have not donated in the last 56 days (8 weeks).

& Eat and drink before you come to give blood. Don’t skip meals before or after you give blood.

& Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids without caffeine, preferably water before and after the donation.

& If you have been temporarily deferred before because of a low iron count, eat raisins, whole grains, red meat or leafy green vegetables before you come to donate.

& Bring a picture form of identification with you.

There is currently a need for all types of blood.

Help out by becoming a blood donor.