The American Red Cross and Media General, the Opelika-Auburn News and WRBL-TV have teamed up to help make this summer a little warmer for those in need of life-saving blood.
The Opelika-Auburn News and WRBL will host a blood drive and give Lee County residents a chance to fill critical summer gaps in the blood supply just before the schools get out for summer. The drive is scheduled from 1 p.m. CDT to 6 p.m. CDT Tuesday at the Opelika-Auburn News building located at 2901 Society Hill Rd. in Opelika.
The summer season creates a critical shortage for the American Red Cross. Schools are out and drives at colleges and high schools usually account for 20 percent of blood collections. Also, increased summer vacation travel prevents routine volunteer donors from giving while at the same time increases the need for blood due to an increase in travel-related accidents.
To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Donors must also show identification in the form of a driver's license or ARC donor card.