Philip blood drive March 9

Local residents have the opportunity to celebrate life by joining in the community blood drive from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, at the Bad River Senior Citizen's Center, Philip.

And now, volunteer donors will also be able to check their total cholesterol level. United Blood Services now offers free cholesterol testing to blood donors. United Blood Services does a total cholesterol test that allows donors to eat before the test; no fasting is required. Donors can check their confidential results at the website of www.unitedbloodservices.org the week after their donation.

"We use the total cholesterol test because it is important for donors to have a healthy meal before they donate," said Beth-Anne Ferley, donor recruitment director of United Blood Services, the Philip area's non-profit community blood service provider. It is recommended that adults 20 years and older have a different cholesterol test, called a lipoprotein profile, every five years. This profile does require a 12-hour fast and is done at a physician's office or lab.

Blood donors must be 16 years or older and in good health. Donors are asked to bring a photo identification and donor card every time they donate. First time donors receive a donor card with their blood type in the mail shortly after their first donation.

People who wish to donate at the blood drive may schedule an appointment by calling Joann Pearson at 605-859-2219. Walk-ins are welcome.