The Brownwood Rotary Club is sponsoring a community Blood Drive that will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. United Blood Services will be in the Bloodmobile in front of Ag-Mart, 2400 HWY 377 S. To schedule an appointment, go to www.bloodhero.com enter Sponsor code: bwrotary. Or call United Blood Services at 800-756-0024

Our facility, and most others in the area, is still on appeal for O negative blood. About 40% of the population is eligible to donate but only about 5% of the population actually donates. Find the hero in you and give the gift of life.

Remember, blood that is donated at a United Blood Services blood drive stays in the Community.

Donor Incentive: Free cholesterol screen, Chick-fil-A coupon, points in the Hero In Me program, and pet owners will receive a goodie bag from Ag Mart.

To donate, you must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have a Minor Donor Permit (can be found online) signed by parent or guardian.

Donors are asked to bring a photo ID and donor card every time they donate. First-time donors will receive a card with their blood type in the mail shortly after their first donation.