Blood drive scheduled for next month in Columbus

Published 11:35 am Friday, May 31, 2024

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COLUMBUS—The 37th Annual Operation Blood Drive will take place on Thursday, June 27, at Steps to Hope in Columbus. The drive will be held in the Community Room (lower level) from 1 to 5:30 p.m. and is sponsored by WLOS TV.

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Blood donors should take a few simple steps to ensure a good donation experience, such as getting a good night’s sleep, drinking an extra 16 ounces of water, eating iron-rich foods to maintain a healthy iron level, and consuming a low-fat meal before donating. 

Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour. The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible.

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To make an appointment or learn more about blood donation, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, or call 1-800-RED CROSS


Submitted by Gail Barksdale