CLEARFIELD — The Community Blood Bank, the exclusive blood supplier to Penn Highlands Clearfield hospital, as well as the entire Penn Highlands Healthcare system, is experiencing a critical blood shortage.

The public is asked to consider donating at the blood drive from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday (today) at PHClearfield – Cancer Center, 815 Doctors Drive, Clearfield.

“While the summer months are something we all look forward to, it also becomes the busy trauma season for the local hospitals,” said Community Relations Specialist for the Community Blood Bank Jaclyn Seymour. “Also during the summer months, we see a drop in blood donations by around 30 percent. It is vital that we do not see that drop in donations because the need for blood remains constant.”

Anyone who donates blood in May will be automatically entered to win two kayaks with paddles and a $100 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card.

Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments are available.

For more information, visit the website fourhearts.org or call 814-456-4206.

Individuals are eligible to give blood if it has been 56 days since their last donation; they are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent); weigh at least 110 pounds; have not received a tattoo or body piercing in the past 12 months; are in good general health and do not have a cold or the flu. You must have a valid photo ID in order to donate. Prior to donating, those giving blood should eat a good, solid meal and drink at least 18 oz. of water. For more information or to find out if you are eligible please visit www.fourhearts.org or call 877-842-0631.

Community Blood Bank partners with hospitals in Northwest Pennsylvania and Western New York to provide blood for patients in need. If you are at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good general health, you may be eligible to donate blood. To learn more or to find a blood drive near you, visit www.fourhearts.org or call 877-842-0631.

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