2013 blood drives beginning Jan. 3 at Birmingham Lions
The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is planning blood drives in January.
The first is set from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Birmingham Lions Building in Birmingham. Walk-in donors are welcome, but those who want to set appointments can call Harry Anderson at 319-498-4201.
Because a donor can give blood every eight weeks, those who last gave on or before Nov. 8 are eligible to donate again Jan. 3.
A blood drive is set from 2-6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Fairfield. Walk-in donors are welcome, but those who want an appointment can call Marianne McGregor at 469-3241. Donors who last gave on or before Nov. 12 are eligible to donate.
A blood drive is set from 2-7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Building. Donors who last gave on or before Nov. 13 are eligible to donate.
Another blood drive is set from 2-6 p.m. Jan. 24 at the fairgrounds. Donors who last gave on or before Nov. 29 are eligible to donate.
Walk-in donors are welcome, but those who want an appointment at a blood drive at the fairgrounds can call 800-452-1097.
Blood center personnel say blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about an hour to complete. Donors must be at least 16 years old, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. A blood donor card or other photo identification is required to donate. Sixteen-year-old donors must present a signed parental consent form each time they donate. Consent forms are available at www.bloodcenter.org.
The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center mobile units collected 99 pints of blood at recent drives.
The crew collected 10 pints Dec. 12 at SunnyBrook Assisted Living Center, 74 pints Dec. 14 at Fairfield High School and 15 pints Dec. 17 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Building.
According to the blood center, one pint of blood can help save the lives of up to three patients and one out of every five people entering a hospital will need blood products.