January is the official National Blood Donor Month, and the Red Cross Bloodmobile, sponsored by the Lakers Lions of Emily, Outing and Fifty Lakes, will conduct its first of three blood drives in 2013 from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the former Emily City Hall.
Requirements to be a blood donor are to be at least 17, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Also, 16-year-olds are now allowed to donate with a parent’s or guardian’s signature on the Red Cross permission form. Diabetics are accepted, even when on insulin. Most other medications are accepted. Antibiotics must be completed and symptoms resolved.
Ask about double red cell collection.
Bring a donor card or a driver’s license, or two other forms of identification.
To schedule an appointment or to volunteer to help at the blood drive, call Nancy Moritz at 218-763-3097.