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Give Blood Today at Mansfield Community Center

The American Red Cross is looking for your support.

The is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive today, June 28.

"As we enter into the summer months, blood collection becomes very difficult," Laura Beth Hunley, an account manager for the Red Cross said. "People are busy with summer activities and students, who we rely on heavily to maintain our blood supply, are not in school."

Area residents may stop by the community center on South Eagleville Road from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday to give blood.

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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.

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