The Kingsland Key Club will be hosting a blood drive at the Kingsland High School gym in Spring Valley on Thursday, Aug. 8, from noon to 5 p.m.

The American Red Cross urgently needs more blood donors of all types, though especially O negative, A negative and B negative, as fewer donations were received earlier this summer than expected.

If you would like to donate, the American Red Cross has a few suggestions on preparing for the process. First, it suggests all donors maintain a healthy iron level in their diets, stay hydrated by drinking an extra 16 ounces of liquid before donating and avoid foods high in fat just prior to donating. And, remember to bring your ID.

Though walk-ins are welcome appointments are appreciated. To schedule your appointment call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or sign up online at and enter sponsor code: 0172922.