BETHANY -- An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Friday in the Okaw Valley High School gym in Bethany.

Any healthy individual, age 16 through 75, who meets weight requirements can donate blood. Donors should eat a healthy meal and drink an extra 16 ounces of water and fluids before donating, and they must bring identification showing a picture and a signature.

All blood types are needed, especially Types 0- and 0+. Every 2.5 seconds someone needs blood -- a friend, a family member, or maybe even you. The need is real. By donating at this blood drive, you are helping one or more graduating senior earn a scholarship. You can save up to 15 minutes when you donate blood by using RapidPass Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass for more information.

This blood drive will start at 9 a.m. and last until 1 p.m.. The blood drive is sponsored by the Okaw Valley High School Student Council. For more information regarding the blood drive or to make an appointment, contact Okaw Valley High School at 217-665-3631. You may also make an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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