Blood donations sought at mall this weekend

MGN Online
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 8:09pm

The Cielo Vista Mall is teaming up with United Blood Services to hold a blood drive at the shopping center this weekend.

The event began Friday, and will run through Sun. Oct 6, from noon to 6 p.m. on the lower level of the JCPenney court.

A donor must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. There is no upper age limit for donating. Most medications will not prevent a person from donating.

Donors are encouraged to eat a low-fat meal within four hours before giving blood. Donors will be given a mini-physical (blood pressure, temperature, and iron count) and asked questions in order to establish their eligibility. The entire process takes about an hour; the actual donation itself takes only about 8-10 minutes.

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