Those who donated blood at these blood drives will be eligible to win one of the $500 gift cards courtesy of the 100-county Greater Alleghenies Region, American Red Cross Blood Services.
Presenting blood and platelet donors at all Greater Alleghenies Region blood drives and donor centers on Dec. 28, 29, and 30 will automatically be entered in the respective day’s drawing for one $500 gift card.
One winner will be drawn from among registered donors in the local blood region during this time period; drawing participants must also be at least 18 years of age or older, in compliance with state regulations.
The following blood drives are all open to the community and are eligible for entry in the $500 gift card drawing: [(**2RBC**) denotes that double red cell donation method is available]:
• 2 to 7 p.m. Dec. 28 at Knights of Columbus, 2101 South Third St., Ironton; (**2RBC**);
• 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 29 at All Saints Episcopal Church, Fourth and Court streets; (**2RBC**); and
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Heartland Home Care and Hospice, 35 Bierly Road at the Clay Overpass on U.S. 23 north.
Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Ohio), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
Those with specific eligibility questions should contact the Collections office at (800) 542-5663. Most donors are eligible to give blood every 56 days.
Donation appointments may be scheduled at many Red Cross blood drives. To schedule a blood donation appointment where available call 1 (800) 448-3543 or visit RedCrossBlood.org.
Forestry Service seeking comments
The U.S. Forestry Service has announced its intent to develop new regulations to implement the National Forest Management Act of 1976, a rule that will govern all regional forest plans and site-specific projects, such as timber sales, livestock grazing and road construction, throughout the entire 193-million-acre forest system.
The Forest Service has initiated a 60-day comment period on its new planning effort which became effective after publication of the Federal Register on Dec. 18.
For more information, the U.S. Forestry Service’s Web site is www.fs.fed.us.