The Central PA Blood Bank is planning a Community Blood Drive at Fairmount in Ephrata on Thursday, February 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 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, but walk-ins are also welcome until 6:00 p.m. Please bring a photo ID with you when you come to donate. All donors will receive a BOGO coupon for a Shady Maple breakfast or lunch.

Please take this opportunity to donate blood. It is a wonderful gift to those in need from all walks of life, as there is no substitute for human blood; donors are the only source. 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 four lives.

Fairmount is a nonprofit Life Plan Community located near Ephrata. The mailing address is 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata, PA 17522. Directions may be found on the web at