Local blood drive

Sept. 24: Northern Dutchess Hospital, 6511 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck. 12:30-5:30 p.m.

The blood shortage is continuing. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo identification is usually required. Blood can be given every 56 days. Sixteen-year-olds may donate with a signed parental consent form.

Those with Type-O blood and a negative RH factor are especially needed, as this blood type can be given to anyone.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is the primary supplier of blood products to Ulster, Dutchess and Putnam hospitals and is always in need of sponsors. To make a donation appointment, visit www.donatebloodnow.org or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543). Walk-in donors are always welcome. To sponsor a blood drive, call 845-471-0202, ext. 315.