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Red Cross blood drive planned

By The Herald Staff | 10/4/2013

A blood drive in Ottawa is set for later this month.

Donations are expected to be taken noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at Celebration Hall on the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 1737 S. Elm St., Ottawa.

A blood drive in Ottawa is set for later this month.

Donations are expected to be taken noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at Celebration Hall on the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 1737 S. Elm St., Ottawa.

To make an appointment to donate with the American Red Cross, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients, the Red Cross said.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The Red Cross recommends increased iron intake before blood donation.

“During the fall, iron-rich produce such as broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes, spinach, apricots and chard are in season and therefore more abundant,” the Red Cross said in a press release. “Food can have two types of iron, heme and nonheme. The body can absorb up to 30 percent of heme iron, primarily found in meat, but only 2 to 10 percent of nonheme iron. Foods high in vitamin C, such as leafy greens, peppers and citrus fruits, help with iron absorption.”

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