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Abilene's Hendrick Regional Blood Center (HRBC) has relaxed its COVID-19 mask rules. They said that they are no longer requiring the blood donors or their staff to wear a mask. The HRBC is also asking for blood donations because supplies are low.

The center's press release along with what was just posted on its website and its Facebook page says that "If you feel that you need to wear a face mask, we encourage you to do so."

Donors must be 17 years of age or older, 16-year-olds need written parental consent

If you would like to donate you must be at least 17 years of age or older, you can be 16 but you must have written consent from a parent or legal guardian. There is no upper age limit for donating blood.

Additionally, the center asks that you eat a low-fat, high-protein meal at least two to four hours prior to giving blood. Drink lots of water and juices to avoid dehydration and do not drink alcohol before or after donating blood. You will need to bring in some sort of legal picture ID.

To donate simply go to 1701 Pine Street, call 325-670-2798, or go online to schedule an appointment to donate blood. The Hendrick Regional Blood Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm, Friday from 8 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm.

The Hendrick Regional Blood Centers Facebook page is where to find upcoming community-wide blood drives. So roll up your sleeves and donate today.

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