Blood drive scheduled Tuesday at Oxford City Hall

COVINGTON — The 911 Center of Newton County is sponsoring a blood drive on Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Oxford City Hall.

The Red Cross will be set up for blood donations between 1 and 6 p.m. on the first floor of the city hall.

Donors must be 17 years of age, or 16-year-olds must be accompanied by parents. Children under age 16 may not donate blood.

“The main thing is donors should be well-hydrated when they go in,” said Nate Stykes, a 911 dispatcher and native of Covington.

“Drink plenty of sugar-free liquids beforehand,” Stykes advised. “I prefer water and juice, but the main thing is be well-hydrated. We offer water and juice to people after they donate.”

Stykes also advised donors to eat a well-balanced meal the night before giving blood.

According to Stykes, the 911 Center tries to sponsor a blood drive about every eight weeks.

Signs will be posted directing donors to the blood station in the Oxford City Hall, located at 110 West Clark St. in Oxford.