The American Red Cross announces the following dates for blood drives.
• Feb. 10, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Surry Community College Blood Drive, 630 South Main Street, Dobson. For an appointment, call 386-3257.
• Feb. 14, 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Bannertown Baptist Church Blood Drive, 1834 Westfield Road, Mount Airy. For an appointment, call 789-2505.
• Feb. 18, 8:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Mount Airy High School Blood Drive, 1011 North South Street, Mount Airy. For an appointment, call 789-5147.
• Feb. 25, 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Franklin Elementary School Blood Drive, 727 South Franklin Road, Mount Airy. For an appointment, call 786-2459.
The blood inventory is in need of all blood types. The Carolinas Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross, which supplies blood to 103 hospitals, needs 1,600 blood and platelet donors each day in order to meet the needs of patients in those hospitals.
Blood donors must be 16 years of age (parental consent form needed), must meet new height and weight requirements and be in good health on the day of donating. Go to www.surrycountyredcross.org for the parental consent form that is needed for a 16-year-old to give blood. Don’t forget an ID. Donors should drink plenty of water, avoid caffeine, eat iron rich foods and eat well before donating. For more information, call the Surry County Red Cross at 786-4183, (800) 448-3542 or visit www.GIVELIFE.org.