Philip area blood drive set for March 15

United Blood Services invites new donors to give blood. The need for blood is constant, and volunteer blood donors contribute to nearly all the blood used for patient care in the United States. If all those who were eligible to donate would do so on a regular basis, say three times per year, community and hospital blood needs could be met at all times.

Every two seconds, someone needs blood. Patients across the country receive approximately 38,000 units of this lifesaving resource each day; they may be accident victims, people undergoing surgery, or patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer and other diseases. By committing to donate three times a year, a first-time or repeat donor can count on saving the lives of up to nine people.

People who are interested in becoming blood donors can donate at their next community blood drive on Tuesday, March 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Bad River Senior Citizen's Center in Philip. You can make an appointment to donate at this blood drive by calling Joann Pearson at 859-2219.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16, or 17 in certain areas, must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.

For more information, call 605-342-8585 in Rapid City, or 605-995-3688 in Mitchell, or visit the United Blood Service website www.UnitedBloodServices.org. Donors will also receive a free cholesterol test.