There will be a local blood drive on Tuesday, June 12, from 11:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at Luther Memorial Church in Syracuse.
Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few steps to prepare and to help ensure a good donation experience.
The American Red Cross recommends getting a good night’s sleep, during an extra 18 ounces of water, eating iron-rich foods to maintain a healthy iron level and consuming a low fat meal before donating.
Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour. The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible—every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.
Simply download the American Red Cross blood donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767 to make a donation.
All blood types are needed. Individuals who are at least 17 years old,  weigh at least 110 pounds, and who are generally in good health are eligible donors.