ASHEBORO — The Asheboro High School Health Sciences Academy is hosting a blood drive on Friday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the AHS original gym, 1221 S. Park St., Asheboro. The school will partner with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.

“The community is invited to attend this important event,” said Rita Morton, Health Sciences teacher at AHS. “Our students look forward to hosting the community and helping to save lives of people right here in North Carolina. They have worked hard in preparation for this big event and I am proud of their community outreach.”

To make an appointment, email Rita Morton at Drop-in donors must report to the front office before being admitted to the blood drive. All scheduled donors may check in at the front lobby, where they will be escorted to the Asheboro High School original gym.

For community members who have never participated in a blood drive, the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas addresses several questions on their website:

* Is it safe to give blood?

* How much blood do you take?

* Will I feel sick afterwards?

* Does it hurt?

* How often can I donate?

* Can I give blood if I recently got a tattoo or piercing?

* Is the blood tested for disease after collection?

* How long does it take?

* Am I eligible to donate blood?

* Can I give blood if I’ve had cancer?

* How many lives can I save with my donation?

* Can I take aspirin before donating blood?

To read the answers to these questions and more, visit