Donna Rovan
Ohio.com correspondent


In order to help combat a reported blood shortage, Aultman Blood Center will be conducting a blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday.



Established in 1997, the Aultman Blood Center collects more than 15,000 units of blood each year, according its website. For Tuesday’s blood drive the center encourages people with type O blood to donate because of a shortage nationwide.



Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and feel healthy at the time of donation. The Aultman Blood Center reports that 4.5 million Americans will die each year without lifesaving blood transfusions and that one blood donation can save up to three lives.



For those planning to donate, get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, drink plenty of water and stick to a diet of iron-rich foods, such as green, leafy vegetables and lean meat, according to the center.



Aultman Woodlawn is located at 2821 Woodlawn Drive NW, Canton. Blood donations may also be made at the Aultman Hospital Donor Room, 2600 6th Avenue S.W, Canton and the Aultman West Donor Room at 2021 Wales Avenue N.E., Massillon.



For more information on donating blood, please contact recruitment coordinator, Stefanie Reninger at 330-363-5008.