A Central PA Blood Bank Community Blood Drive is set at Fairmount in Ephrata for Thursday, October 6, from 11:30am to 6:30pm. The blood drive will be held in the Farm Crest Community Room at 1100 Farm Crest Drive on the east side of the Fairmount campus.

You may schedule an appointment by calling 1.800.771.0059. Walk-ins are also welcome until 6pm, but scheduled appointments will be given priority. Please bring a photo ID with you when you come to donate. All donors will receive a Papa John’s buy-one-get-one-free large pizza certificate, one free Penn Cinema movie pass, and a certificate for a fee dozen mini donuts from Weaver’s Store, Inc.

Current CDC recommendations make masking for our donors and staff optional. Masks will be provided for anyone who wishes to wear one.

Please take this opportunity to donate blood. Since there is no substitute for human blood, and donors are the only source, this is a wonderful gift to those in need from all walks of life. Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and the demand for blood continues to increase. In Central Pennsylvania, 275 to 300 units of blood and blood products are needed at area hospitals daily. An adequate supply is crucial to the survival of cancer patients, accident victims, children with blood disorders, and many others. Your donation helps to save and enhance the lives of these people, as just one pint of your blood can save as many as three lives.