The Community Blood Bank is hosting a blood drive Monday, Oct. 7 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital 3236 Central Ave., Wellsboro.

This drive is particularly special because the Community Blood Bank is the sole provider of blood products to this hospital. All the blood collected with the Community Blood Bank goes right back into the local community, helping to save your family, friends and neighbors right here at home.

This can only be done through blood donations with the Community Blood Bank.

“Blood usage at the Community Blood Bank’s partner hospitals has recently seen an increase,” said Jaclyn Seymour, community relations specialist for the Community Blood Bank.

“We are currently seeing very low levels of inventory for blood types O-, O+ and A-. You never know when an accident or illness may occur. We are encouraging everyone to come out and donate blood to help make sure the blood is ready and available when it is needed.”

Individuals are eligible to give blood if it has been 56 days since their last donation; they are at least 17 years old, 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. You must have a valid photo ID in order to donate. Prior to donating, those giving blood should eat a good, solid meal with water. For more information or to find out if you are eligible please visit www.fourhearts.org or call (877) 842-0631.