INDIO, Calif. -

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio will host a blood drive Friday.

   The drive will run from 1 to 6 p.m. at the casino at 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, according to Desert Blood Services, which is organizing the event. There are also blood drives scheduled for Sept. 21 and 22 in Indio and Coachella.

   All donors receive a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for Ben & Jerry's at The River shopping center in Rancho Mirage, as well as a physical and cholesterol screening.

   Healthy people at least 15 years old can give blood, but those 15 and 16 years old must provide written parental consent. Picture identification is required, and all donors should eat before arriving and be well hydrated.

   Desert Blood Services provides blood products for Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, JFK Memorial Hospital in Indio, Hi-Desert Medical Center in Joshua Tree, Palo Verde Hospital in Blythe and Bush Naval Hospital in Twentynine Palms.

   For information, call (760) 777-8844 or go to www.desertbloodservices.org.