The Central PA Blood Bank is planning a Community Blood Drive at Fairmount Homes Retirement Community in Ephrata on Thursday, February 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The blood drive will be held in the Farm Crest Community Room at 1100 Farm Crest Drive on the east side of the Fairmount campus.

Please take this opportunity to donate blood. It is a wonderful gift to those in need from all walks of life, as there is no substitute for human blood; donors are the only source. Every two seconds, someone needs blood, and the demand for blood continues to increase. In Central Pennsylvania, 275 to 300 units of blood and blood products are needed at area hospitals daily. An adequate supply is crucial to the survival of cancer patients, accident victims, children with blood disorders, and many others. Your donation helps to save and enhance the lives of these people, as just one pint of your blood can save as many as four lives.

You may schedule an appointment by calling 1.800.771.0059, but walk-ins are also welcome until 6:00 p.m. Please bring a photo ID with you when you come to donate. All donors will receive a Shady Maple certificate for a buy-one-get-one free breakfast or lunch.