RUMFORD — Rumford Hospital and the River Valley Rotary will sponsor a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Rumford American Legion. The drive will run from noon to 6 p.m.

There will be “Double Red” machines at this drive. These machines take only the red cells, returning the remainder of the blood to the donor and gaining two units of blood instead of the usual one unit of whole blood. If you plan to give double reds, please mention that when you sign up, because special appointment lists are used for these donors. Or ask more about double reds, as only certain blood types are eligible.

Because of storm cancellations this month, blood reserves are at a near-critical low. There is a particular need for type O negative blood, which can be received by people with all blood types and is often used in emergencies when there’s no time to determine the patient’s blood type.

Appointments can be made by calling the Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE LIFE or Rumford Hospital at 369-1000.

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