The bloodmobile will be coming to the Mabel American Legion in Mabel on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 7 p.m.

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and to help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends getting a good night's sleep, eating a good breakfast or lunch, drinking extra water and fluids to help replace the volume one will donate and eating iron-rich foods to boost one's iron level. Avoid caffeinated beverages.

"Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time," said Bev Williams, Mabel Blood Drive coordinator. "The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood each time they are eligible; every 56 days for whole blood donations and 112 days for double red cell donations."

How to donate

Simply call Bev Williams at (507) 493-5284 or (507) 450-0992 to make an appointment or for more information.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.