Did you know that donating blood saves lives, the lives of people you know and don't know and that someday the same blood you donated could even save yours?

According to a Facebook event page made by the Kennebec Valley YMCA, the KV YMCA has teamed up with the American Red Cross to host a Blood Drive on Tuesday, October 5th. The Blood Drive will take place at the KV YMCA campus located at 31 Union St, Augusta, and run from 9 am to 2 pm.

At this time, Pre-scheduled appointments are required to keep the number of donors to the CDCs recommended guidelines and keep them socially distant. Face coverings or masks will be required, and donors will be required to have their temperatures checked before entering.

There is always a need for all types of blood donations, but there is a specific need for Power Reds. The excellent news, Power Red donations don't take any longer than Whole Blood donations. The best part of Power Reds is that they use a smaller needle. Those wishing to donate Power Reds do need to meet specific requirements. Males contributing Power Reds need to be a minimum of 5'1" and 130 lbs. Females need to be a minimum of 5'5" and 150 lbs.

Click HERE to pre-register for this event; you can do so by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, visit RedCrossBlood.org, or thru the Red Cross Donor App. Text "BLOODAPP" to 90999 to download the free app. Donating blood takes less than 1 hour of your day but could give someone in need another shot at life.

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