Three blood area drives in July are coming to the area in July.

Blunt — On July 15 the Blunt Volunteer Fire Department will host a blood drive at the Blunt City Hall/ Fire Hall from 3:15 — 6:45 p.m. For more information, contact Shelia Moehring 280-2724.

Pierre — On July 16, from 8:30 a.m. — 2:45 p.m., Pierre Lutheran Memorial will host a blood drive at Lutheran Memorial Fellowship Hall, for more information, contact Joyce Tipton at 224-1336

Onida — On July 24, from 1 — 5:30 p.m., Onida will host a blood drive at the Phoenix Center. Contact Mary Jo Steir, at 258-2618.

Blood donations can help transform lives, says Vitalant, blood drive sponsor. Vitalant gathers blood and serves as the sole blood provider for nearly 70 hospitals across the Dakotas and western Minnesota.

To meet this need, Vitalant is dependent upon at least 250 selfless volunteer donors daily. Donors can make a convenient appointment to give blood at www.vitalant.org or by calling (877) 25-VITAL (877-258-4825). With each donation, donors receive a free cholesterol test and earn points in Vitalant’s Hero in Me rewards program.

Vitalant supports nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care entities throughout the United States,

impacting millions of lives. In addition to blood products, Vitalant offers hospital partners transfusion services, medical consulting, quality guidance, ongoing education, research and more.

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