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Kannapolis church hosts blood drive

KANNAPOLIS ó The First Presbyterian Church in Kannapolis will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Dec. 22, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the church’s fellowship hall.
All donors will receive a complimentary Red Cross water bottle. The canteen will provide hot spiced cider and home baked cookies, along with the usual cold beverages and snacks.
The church is located at 201 Vance St. at the southern end of the North Carolina Research Campus.
This drive is the third installment of First Presbyterian’s Centennial Blood Drive. The church is within 35 units of its goal of collecting 100 units of blood during its centennial year of 2009. This particular drive has become an annual tradition for many in the community, because of its central location and festive atmosphere.
The holidays always are a critical time for blood donations. Due to everyone’s busy schedules, donations are down, but demand is up. All healthy members of the community who are 17 years of age or older and weigh 110 pounds or more are urged to give the gift of life this Christmas.
Donors are reminded to help decrease the chance of being deferred by eating iron-rich foods on the days leading up to the drive. On the day of the drive drink lots of water, avoiding caffeine, and eat a good breakfast and lunch.
Reservations are not required, but will expedite the donation process.
To make a reservation, call the church office at 704-938-4623.

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