The Eagleville Fire Department is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive on Tuesday, May 8.
All presenting donors during the month of May will be entered into a drawing to win Neil Diamond tickets at Mohegan Sun in June.
Area residents may stop by the fire department on Storrs Road from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to give blood.
You must be 17-years of age or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health in order to donate.
All blood types are needed. Those with type O-negative blood are urged to make an appointment, as it is considered to be the "universal donor" type.
Just one donation can help save up to three lives, so grab a friend and go make a difference.
Here are some tips for a successful donation courtesy of the American Red Cross:
- Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet
- Hydrate – drink an extra 16 oz of liquid before and after your donation
- Have a healthy meal before your donation – avoid foods high in fat just prior to donation
- Remember to bring your ID!
To schedule an appointment to donate, call the Connecticut chapter of the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit their Web site. Walk-ins are welcome.