Halloween drive wants to take your blood _lowres

Photo provided by Lane RMC -- UBIE, the United Blood Services mascot, invites residents to donate blood from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Halloween at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St. Bags of candy, free T-shirts and raffle drawings will be featured.

Lane Regional Medical Center and United Blood Services are joining forces to combine the fun of Halloween with saving lives in the community by hosting a blood drive to replenish the community’s blood supply.

Blood donors have a life-saving impact on those with breast cancer and other cancers, a news release from Lane RMC said.

United Blood Services’ mascot Ubie will be visiting from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., in Zachary to pass out bags of candy to all donors giving blood.

UBS kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by giving away “I Bleed Pink for a Cure” T-shirts to every donor during October. All donors will receive an “I Bleed Pink” T-shirt and will be entered to win a $25 gift card. Donors in costume will be entered into a $50 gift card raffle.

Those interested in donating blood on Halloween can perform a quick and easy health history by visiting www.unitedbloodservices.org. The health history must be completed the same day as the donation.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, be in good health and must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors ages 17 to 22.

Donors also will receive a free cholesterol test when giving blood. Photo identification is required.

For information, call (225) 769-7233.