BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The 34th annual Blair Media Blitz is set for late-July with a goal to collect over 200 units of blood.

The event takes place July 19 at the Altoona Area Junior High School fieldhouse. The 12-hour event starts at 8 a.m. and is proudly sponsored by WTAJ.

Appointments are encouraged to be made in advance by calling the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS or heading to their website and entering the sponsor code, BloodBlitz.

There are two types of donations at the event: Power Red and Blood. A Power Red donation collects the red cells but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor. These donors must meet specific eligibility requirements and have type A Negative, B Negative or O blood. A Blood donation is the most common type of donations. Approximately one pint of “whole blood” is given and usually takes about an hour.

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Donors will get a $10 gift card, a t-shirt and a fidget spinner.