A community blood drive will take place in Brady Thursday, June 21. The Meek Blood Center Bloodmobile will be parked at Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital from noon until 6 p.m. Meek Blood Center will bring technology to the blood drive which will allow some donors to give two units of red blood cells. Red blood cells are the blood component that is transfused most often and are needed most to prevent a blood shortage. This procedure takes approximately 20 minutes longer than a whole blood donation and uses a smaller needle. The length of time between donations is sixteen weeks rather than eight weeks. ‘Those who give blood, whether it is a whole blood or a double red cell donation, will make blood transfusions possible for patients in 15 area hospitals, including Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital,’ said Frances Baker with Meek Blood Center. ‘These patients are totally dependent on volunteer donors to give them the gift of life. There is no artificial substitute for human blood.’ Blood donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. There is no upper age limit. There are some restrictions regarding certain medications, medical conditions, and some travel areas outside the U.S. Those who have questions may call Meek Blood Center at 325-670-2798 or visit the website at www.meekbloodcenter.org. Donors will receive a T-shirt and a complimentary total cholesterol test. Cholesterol results are usually available three days after the blood drive.