Pequot Lakes American Legion Post No. 49 will sponsor a blood drive for the American Red Cross from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, in the American Legion meeting hall at 4435 Main St.

Appointments can be scheduled online at redcrossblood.org or by calling Ken Meyer at 218-568-5414.

Both whole blood and double red cells (2RBC) will be collected Aug. 7, and whole blood only Aug. 8. Individuals are eligible to donate if they haven't donated whole blood after June 12, or 2RBC after April 17.

Preparation for donating blood should include:

  • Getting a good night's sleep before the blood drive.

  • Eating a healthy breakfast or lunch - or both if your appointment is later in the day.

  • Drinking a few extra glasses of water or fluids in the days before you donate and start the day with a bottle of water or a glass of orange juice.

If you have questions about medications, etc., call 1-866-236-3276 to speak with a Red Cross representative.

If you are scheduled to donate blood, your visit will be much shorter if you have a "RapidPass" by answering a few questions online at www.redcrossblood.org the same day as the drive.