WRA to host Red Cross blood drive

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Western Reserve Academy is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive Feb. 17 from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Murdough Athletic Center, with registration at the main entrance.

The American Red Cross has a need for volunteer blood donors of all types, especially Type O negative, to maintain a strong and stable blood supply. Every day, the Red Cross must collect more than 17,000 pints of blood for patients at more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. The need for blood is constant and every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Donated units of blood can support up to three people in need. They will also be collecting double red units so consider this if able.

While appointments are not required, they are recommended to reduce donors' waiting time. Appointments are offered every 15 minutes throughout the day. To schedule an appointment, call Director of Outreach Annie Neill at 330-650-4400 ext. 3509, or by email at neilla@wra.net. Be sure to leave a time to reserve for an appointment and a phone number where you can be reached.

The WRA community is encouraging all willing donors to participate. Eligible donors must be at least 16 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, be in generally good health and must not have given blood within the last 56 days. Sixteen-year-old donors must have a signed permission form from their parents to donate blood; the form can be faxed to the WRA Athletic Office: 330-650-9748, or email neilla@wra.net.

Donors should plan to bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when they come to donate.

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