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CAMP LESTER, Okinawa — The Armed Services Blood Bank Center has scheduled nine blood drives on Okinawa for January.

All published blood drives are open to servicemembers, Department of Defense civilians and family members 17 and older.

Blood may be donated:

• Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Chapel Annex, Torii Station.• Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Education Center, Room 13, Camp Foster. Lunch will be served to donors.• Jan. 14: 8 a.m. to noon, Building 1020, Camp Schwab.• Jan. 15: 8 a.m. to noon, the former USO (behind the bowling alley), Camp Kinser.• Jan. 20: 8 a.m. to noon, Building 250 conference room, Kadena Air Base.• Jan. 21: 8 a.m. to noon, Building 3671, Kadena Air Base.• Jan. 23, 8 a.m. to noon, Bechtel Elementary School gym, Camp McTureous.• Jan. 27, 8 a.m. to noon, Building 215, Camp Foster.• Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 18th Medical Clinic, Kadena Air Base. Lunch will be served to donors.

Mission requirements may require canceling or rescheduling a blood drive, officials said. Donors may confirm schedules for specific drives as they draw near by visiting the Web site, www.okimed.navy.mil, and clicking on “info for patients and community,” then “blood donor program.” Or they may phone the Armed Services Blood Bank Center at 643-7737.

Those wishing more information, or to schedule a blood drive for their commands, may call the center at 643-7710 or 643-7737.

Persons may donate blood if they:

• Have not donated blood in the past 57 days.• Weigh at least 110 pounds.• Are in good health.• Are at least 17.

Persons may not donate blood if they:

• Received a tattoo, body piercing or acupuncture in the past 12 months.• Received a blood transfusion in the past 12 months.• Lived in Western Europe for six months’ cumulative time from 1980 to 1996.• Lived in England for three months’ cumulative time from 1980-1996.• Have heart problems.• Have a history of cancer.• Have traveled to or through Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan or Singapore in the past 14 days.• Have ever tested positive for HIV.• Have had intimate contact with anyone at risk for AIDS.• Have had an accidental needle stick within the past 12 months.

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