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Stay cool by donating blood in Wilson County

The sun is beating down on us, the thermometer is stuck at 90 degrees and there’s not a breath of fresh air. 

The dog days of summer are here!

Ancient astronomers in Mediterranean countries came up with the phrase "dog days" for the hottest period of the summer. The dog days arrive around July 4 and are here to stay through Aug. 11.

The astronomers defined the dog days as extending from 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction of Sirius (the Dog Star) and our sun. This conjunction happened to coincide with the worst days of summer, when folks were especially plagued by disease and discomfort.

The blood supply typically teeters at low levels during the summer months due to travel schedules and the closure of schools and colleges—the source of 20 percent of blood donations in this region.

Officials with the American Red Cross said they want you to know the air conditioning is on at American Red Cross blood donation centers and blood drives throughout the region. So make plans to escape the heat by scheduling your blood donation appointment today!

Locally, you may give blood on the following dates:

• Thursday, July 16, from noon to 6 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church located at 214 Heights Ave. in Lebanon.• Monday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kroger located at 1418 W. Main Street in Lebanon.• Monday, July 27, from noon to 6 p.m. at College Hills Church of Christ located at 1401 Leeville Pike in Lebanon.

If you are at least 17 years of age, (16 with parental consent), weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good general health, you may be eligible to donate blood. All donors need to present positive identification. For more information or to schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).

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