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February is Black History Month, and in the spirit of Dr. Charles Drew, a black surgeon and blood specialist who became the first medical director of an American Red Cross blood bank in 1941, the Red Cross reminds all eligible donors of the importance of diversity for patients who need their help.
Local blood drives are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Dow Corning–Carrollton, and from 3-8 p.m. Feb. 28 at Relevant Church.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Individuals who are 17 (16 with parental permission, in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800)733-2767 for more information.