Anyone who donates blood during August will be automatically entered to win two NFL tickets to watch the Steelers, Browns, Bills or Eagles play. The Community Blood Bank is currently in a critical blood shortage. It is important all eligible donors plan to give blood at the following blood drive because the CBB is the exclusive blood provider to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.

A blood drive will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 at UPMC Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital Board Room at 32-36 Central Ave., Wellsboro.

Walk-ins are welcome; appointments are available.

“Blood usage at our partner hospitals has been high throughout the summer months,” said Jaclyn Seymour, community relations specialist for the Community Blood Bank. “We have also seen a decrease in blood donors this summer. These two situations together has created a critical blood shortage for our inventory. We really need donors to come out and give blood in order to fill the need.”

Individuals are eligible to give blood if it has been 56 days since their last donation; they are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent); weigh at least 110 pounds; have not received a tattoo or body piercing in the past 12 months; are in good general health and do not have a cold or the flu. For more information or to find out if you are eligible visit www.fourhearts.org or call 877-842-0631.