Simple blood donation steps that saves lives

Anyone can make a difference by making a life-saving blood donation at the next Waukon Community Blood Drive. Blood donations are desperately needed right now with the recent devastation in Texas. The next blood drive will take place Thursday, September 7, from Noon to 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

Below are a few tips for ensuring a successful donation:

· Get a good night’s sleep before your blood donation.
· Eat a good meal before donating blood. Do not donate on an empty stomach.
· Drink plenty of fluids.
· Bring a photo ID or Blood Donor ID Card to your appointment.
· If you are 16 or 17 years old and you’ve never donated blood with LifeServe Blood Center, be sure to get a signed Parental/Guardian Permission Form.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate blood at the next Waukon blood drive scheduled for Thursday, September 7, from Noon to 5 p.m., call 800-287-4903.

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