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Largest blood drive in Blair County is July 19

Area residents are invited to donate blood this summer with the American Red Cross, Forever Media and WTAJ at the 34th annual Blair Media Blood Blitz.

The blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at the Altoona Area Junior High School Fieldhouse, 1400 Seventh Ave., Altoona.

The 12-hour event is the largest blood drive in Blair County with a goal to collect more than 230 units of blood.

As a thank-you, everyone who comes to give blood will receive a $10 gift card via email courtesy of Suburban Propane, a Red Cross T-shirt and a fidget spinner, while supplies last.

The Ultimate Sub Company will provide refreshments for donors after giving blood.

The Blair Media Blood Blitz is open to the public. Schedule an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting RedCrossBlood.org and entering the sponsor code BloodBlitz.

Donors can save time by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online.

To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/

RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

The Red cross will continue to socially distance wherever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities. Masks are optional.

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