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Two blood drives ahead

Two blood drives will be held in Clanton in the coming weeks.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Inc. will hold a drive Saturday, Sept. 26 at Walmart from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The American Red Cross will sponsor a drive a drive Sunday, Oct. 25 at West End Church from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Red Cross gives the following tips for people considering giving blood:

Double your fluid intake in the 48 hours leading up to drive.

Eat a nutritious meal the night before, as well as the day of, the blood drive.

Eat iron-rich foods such as lean beef, broccoli, eggs, green, shrimp or dried beans.

Consume foods rich in Vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, cabbage, tomatoes and sweet potatoes.

Get a good’s night sleep before the drive.