Area blood drives scheduled
The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center has announced several upcoming blood drives scheduled in the area.
First United Methodist Church in Fairfield will host a community blood drive from 2-6:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in the church dining room.
Donors who last gave blood on or before July 14 will be eligible to give again Sept. 8.
For an appointment, call Melva Dahl at 472-5762.
Roosevelt Community Recreation Center will host a community blood drive from 2-5 p.m. Sept. 10 in the rec center.
Donors who last gave blood on or before July 17 will be eligible to give again on Sept. 10.
For an appointment, call Derik Wulfekuhle at 472-6159.
St. Mary Catholic Church of Fairfield will host a community blood drive from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the parish hall.
Donors who last gave on or before July 21 will be eligible to give again on Sept. 15.
For appointments, call Marianne McGregor at 469-3241.
Potential donors must be at least 17 years old. A 16-year-old is eligible to donate with a completed parental permission form available through the website www.bloodcenter.org.
A potential donor must weight more than 110 pounds. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure can be accepted as eligible donors.
Eligible donors also must have photo identification or a Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center donor card.
According to blood center officials, blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes 45 to 60 minutes to complete.
For information about eligibility or the procedure, call the blood center at 800-747-5401.
Blood drive results
The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center mobile unit drew 19 pints of blood Aug. 21 during the Birmingham Lions Club blood drive at the Birmingham Lions Building in Birmingham.
The mobile unit drew 13 pints of blood Aug. 19 during the Lockridge Fire & Rescue blood drive at the Lockridge Community Center in Lockridge.
The mobile unit drew 37 pints of blood Aug. 18 during the Richland community blood drive in Richland.
According to the blood center, 38 percent of the United States population is eligible to give blood, but less than 10 percent actually donate. Blood center officials also say about one in seven patients require a blood transfusion, and only voluntary donations can be transfused.
The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to 87 hospitals in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin.
In the local area, the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the exclusive provider to the Jefferson County Health Center in Fairfield, the Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua and the Keokuk County Health Center in Sigourney.