KidsPeace is once again holding a blood drive this week and time slots are still available for associates who want to donate.


The drive, organized through Miller-Keystone Blood Center, is scheduled for 9:10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Donley TEC parking lot.


Did you know that someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds, and more than 300 units of blood are needed each day in our regional hospitals? Most people who are 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible to donate.


If you're a first-time donor, you may not realize how simple the process is. Just register and bring valid photo identification. Then, a trained staff member will take your temperature, blood pressure and pulse and a drop of blood to check your iron level and ensure you are able to donate. You will be asked a series of health and lifestyle questions, the answers to which will be kept confidential.


The actual blood donation only takes five to 10 minutes, and all supplies used in the process are sterile and disposable, so there's no risk of contracting any disease. After donating, you'll be asked to stay for 15 minutes and have a snack to replenish the sugar and fluids in your body.


As an added incentive to donate in the summer, Miller-Keystone is giving donors the chance to turn pints into gallons. Through Aug. 19, all registered donors will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gas card (two will be awarded each week). You will also have the chance to win one of two four-packs of tickets and a parking pass to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs or the Reading Phillies. One lucky winner will also snag a four-pack of tickets and a parking pass for a Philadelphia Phillies game.


Contact Beta Bogaert, employee health nurse, at 610-799-8228 or  to make your appointment today. Thank you in advance for your continued commitment to saving lives.