WTVY Summer Blood Drive

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala (July 14, 2014) - Patients in need don't get a vacation from needing blood or platelets during summer months. This seasonal challenge could be overcome if just two more donors, above what is expected, give blood at each Red Cross blood drive this summer.

This July, by giving blood at an American Red Cross blood drive, you can help make sure blood is available for those who find themselves in need throughout the summer months, when we typically see a decline in donations.

Volunteer blood donors in Dothan will get a chance to give blood and help save lives at the WTVY blood drive, scheduled for Thursday, July 24 from 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Wiregrass Mall (in the Community Room), located at 900 Commons Drive.

Because blood can be separated into three components - blood, platelets and plasma - one donation can benefit up to three lives. It takes up to three days for blood to be processed and made available to hospitals, it is important that a donation be made ahead of an emergency.

"If you plan on giving blood, make sure to prepare yourself for the process by doubling your fluid intake in the 48 hours leading up to the drive. Make sure to eat a nutritious meal the night before, as well as the day of the blood drive," said Alicia Anger, External Communications Manager, Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Blood Services Region. "Eat iron-rich foods such as lean beef, broccoli, eggs, greens, shrimp or dried beans. Also consume foods rich in Vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, cabbage, tomatoes and sweet potatoes. Make sure to get a good night's sleep before the drive."

To make an appointment, please visit www.redcrossblood.org http://www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code "WTVY".

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org http://www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org http://www.redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross http://www.twitter.com/redcross.

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