Franciscan Health hosting blood drive

Franciscan Health Indianapolis is hosting an upcoming nine-hour blood drive.

It will take place from 7 a.m. to noon and 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 in the Terrace Conference Room at the hospital, 8111 Emerson Ave., Indianapolis.

The drive is open to the public. Pre-registration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome.

Donors should expect the donation process to take about an hour, which includes a physical and a 15-minute resting period with complimentary snacks after donating. All donors will receive a small thank-you gift.

Eligible participants need to be over 17 years old, or 16 with a parent’s permission and weigh at least 110 pounds. Eligible donors can donate again 56 days between donating. People can even become donors if they’ve gotten a tattoo, as long as it was done at least one month prior to donating.

International travelers, cancer survivors, people with diabetes and high blood pressure may also be eligible to donate as well.

Those with questions about their eligibility can email eligibility@indianablood.org.

To register, visit donorpoint.org. Those donating should bring a photo ID and be sure to have eaten something prior to donation.