The Southwest Washington Blood Program is holding a special blood drive today, running from 12:30 to 6:30 pm at the Beacon Hill Baptist Church. Today’s event helps to support the Puget Sound Blood Center, which supplies blood and blood products to Saint John Medical Center, Southwest Washington Medical Center, along with 70 other hospitals and medical clinics throughout Western Washington. there facilities need more than 14,000 pints of blood each year. To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years of age, in good general health, and weigh more than 110 pounds. With the dropoff in donations from around the holidays, this is a crucial time of year for local blood supplies. If you’d like to donate, call 423-0385 to set up a time.