Two chances to give blood next week in Caldwell County

Next week, the American Red Cross will hold two back-to-back blood drives on Wednesday and Thursday in Fredonia and Princeton, which will present plenty of opportunity for community members to give the gift of life.

The First Baptist Church of Fredonia is hosting a Blood Drive on July 31 from 1 to 6 p.m. in Coleman Hall of the church located at 208 Cassidy Avenue in Fredonia.

To schedule an appointment for the Fredonia drive, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter "Fredonia."

The Red Cross' Community Donor Appreciation Blood Drive will happen on Aug. 1 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Family Life Center at 121 Kentucky Avenue in Princeton, off of U.S. Hwy 62 West.

Donors need to enter the front doors of the Family Life Center, go down the hall, and enter the gym area.

Appointments are not required. Walk-ins are always welcome. All presenting donors in Princeton will get a free t-shirt and be eligible to win door prizes throughout the day.

Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/Rapid Pass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.

Blood provides the gift of life!

As a volunteer blood donor, to be eligible to donate you must feel well, be 17 years of age or 16 with parental consent (parent must accompany 16 -year old to sign permission form), weigh at least 110 pounds, have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days, and have not received notification from Red Cross Blood Services requesting that you not give.

Prospective donors should also bring a photo ID and/or Red Cross Donor Card.

Donors will not be deferred for having had the flu vaccine.

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