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On the fourth Wednesday of each month the Hudson League for Service sponsors a Red Cross blood drive at Barlow Community Center on Oviatt Street. The next drive is Sept. 28 from noon until 6 p.m. Donatos Pizza generously donates pizza for the post-donation canteen which also includes snacks and beverages.
The upcoming drive will do its best to accommodate walk-in donors, but appointments can also be made at 1-800-RED CROSS or at www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation.
Donors can also save time by using RapidPass to complete the required pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online on Sept. 28 prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions.
Since it is normal for hemoglobin levels to fluctuate, all donors are encouraged to include foods rich in vitamin C and iron in a well-balanced diet. Donors should also avoid drinking iced tea during the week before the blood drive because tea can lower iron levels to below the required hemoglobin levels.