The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer blood shortage.
The 26th annual Blair Media Blood Blitz, which features extended donation hours, provides Blair County residents with a convenient opportunity to help save lives by donating blood.
The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 22 at the Jaffa Shrine Facility, Altoona.
Media sponsors are the Altoona Mirror, Forever Broadcasting, The Radio Campus and WTAJ-TV.
Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.
Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
Those who donate blood at the Blitz will receive an American Red Cross drawstring bag and be entered to win prizes donated by area businesses:
n Back Yard Burgers & Car Wash - Six coupons for complimentary sandwich and six coupons for one free ultra car wash
n Boscov's - Share the Love coupons
n Building II Athletic Club - One-week memberships
n Canoe Lake State Park/TM Concessions - Four certificates for one-hour free boat rental
n DelGrosso - two gift packs
n The Dream Restaurant - Gift certificate for two free daily specials
n Fownko LP Dairy Queen - Three coupons, one each for free box of Buster Bars, Dilly Bars and DQ Sandwiches
n Holiday Bowl - 20 "buy one game, get one free" certificates
n Hometown Market - $10 gift card
n JC Penney - $20 gift card
n Lakemont Park - Two all-day ride passes and two rounds of miniature golf
n Slinky Action Zone - Four coupons for an admission to Soft Play or Laser Tag
n Sweet Frog - $3 gift certificates
Special refreshments will be provided by Shirley's Cookies, Weis?Markets, Martin's Food Markets, Eat'n Park Restaurant, Papa John's Pizza and Red Lobster.
For an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Sponsor code for online appointments is BloodBlitz.