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Blood drives is April 11

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By The Staff

The official World Health Day 2008 celebration is Monday, April 7, but you can help make the world a healthier place all month long by donating blood.

This year's World Health Day theme is "Protecting health from climate change." Extreme weather-related disasters are just one concern related to climate change.

Between 1999 and 2003, there were 15 deaths caused by tornados in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky combined. The American Red Cross supplies blood to these three states. In fact, the American Red Cross provided much-needed blood products to hospitals in the wake of February's tornados across Kentucky and Tennessee.

Donated blood is needed daily to treat trauma victims, cancer patients and organ transplant recipients. Each donation has the potential to save up to three lives.

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive Friday, April 11 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Community Center near Veterans Memorial Park.

If you are at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good general health, you may be eligible to donate blood. All donors need to present identification.

For more information, or to schedule your blood donation appointment, call (800) GIVE-LIFE.