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Stay hydrated to give blood

— Planning to give blood at the next American Red Cross Blood drive? Then consider these steps:

Hydrate: Be sure to drink plenty of fluids the day of your donation.

Wear Something Comfortable: Wear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.

Maintain a Healthy Level of Iron in Your Diet Before Donating: If possible, include iron-rich foods in your diet, especially in the weeks before your donation.

Bring a List of Medications You are Taking: We will need to know about any prescriptions and/or over the counter medications that may be in your system.

Bring an ID: Please bring either your donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification.

Bring a Friend: Bring along a friend, so that you both may enjoy the benefits of giving blood.

Relax: Blood donation is a simple and very safe procedure so there is nothing to worry about.

Then go and donate blood at the American Red Cross drawing to be from 8:20 -11:30 a.m. at PMH Medical Center.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767.

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