The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage. Donations have fallen short of expectations during the past two months. Overall 38% of the population is eligible to donate blood, but only 3% actually do. The summer months are among the most challenging times of the year for blood donations. Regular donors delay giving while they vacation and participate in summer activities. Additionally, many schools where blood drives are held, and new donors give, are not in session.

To donate blood you must: •Be healthy and feel well on the day of your donation •Be at least 17 years old •Bring a donor card or photo ID •Weigh at least 110 lbs Before your appointment: • Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet - red meat, fish, poultry, spinach, iron fortified cereals • Get a good night’s sleep •Drink extra water before the donation “Rapid Pass” offers donors a way to complete their pre-reading and donation questions online, reducing the time they spend at the blood drive. Using Rapid Pass is simple - visit redcrossblood. org/rapidpass read the information, answer the questions, print the pass out or email it to your phone. This must be done the day of the drive. The Granite Falls Community Blood Drive will be held at the Kilowatt Community Center or Tuesday, July 18, from 1-7 p.m. To schedule an appointment you may call Joyce Lewison 5-7-430-0196 or visit Blood is a special gift that each of us holds. By sharing it you can give someone another chance at life.