Norwalk Hospital will host a Red Cross community blood drive to benefit patients in need on Friday, July 21, in the hospital’s fifth floor Patio Room, from 1:30 to 6:15.
Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. They should also drink plenty of fluids on the day of donation, wear comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up, eat iron-rich foods in the weeks prior to donation, and bring a list of any medications taken, along with a photo I.D. or blood donor card.
Donations take about 10 to 12 minutes, but donors should allow one hour for registration, a confidential health history session and refreshments after their donation.
Norwalk Hospital is at 34 Maple Street in Norwalk.
To make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.