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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 21, 2014

Blood drive events scheduled; donations help local hospitals

Dec 05, 2013

Several Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center blood drives are scheduled in the area.

A blood drive is set from 2-6:30 p.m. Monday at Mother Cabrini Parish Center in Richland. Donors can give blood every eight weeks, so those who last gave on or before Oct. 14 are eligible to give again Monday. To donate, call Cindy Adam at 319-456-2722.

SunnyBrook Home Care Center will host a blood drive from 1-4:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Donors who last gave on or before Oct. 15 are eligible to give again. To donate, contact Michelle Rauscher at 472-4808 or mrauscher@sunnybrookhomecare.com.

A blood drive is set from 3-7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Keosauqua Senior Center. Donors who last gave on or before Oct. 16 are eligible to give again. To donate, call the Ottumwa Telecruitment Department at 800-452-1097 or visit the website www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

The Fairfield High School Student Council will host a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the school gym. Donors who last gave on or before Oct. 18 are eligible to give again. To donate, contact a student council member or call Heidi Grunwald at 472-2059.

A blood drive is set from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Batavia Community Senior Center. Donors who last gave on or before Oct. 23 are eligible to give again. To donate, call 800-452-1097 or visit the website www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

A blood drive is set from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Building. Donors who last gave on or before Oct. 25 are eligible to give again. To donate, call 800-452-1097 or visit the website www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

A blood drive is set from 3-6:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Building. Donors who last gave on or before Oct. 28 are eligible to give again. To donate, call 800-452-1097 or visit the website www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

Eligible donors must be at least 17 years of age — or 16 with a signed parental permission form available at www.bloodcenter.org — and weigh more than 110 pounds. A person with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure can be accepted as an eligible donor. A photo identification or Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center donor card is required to donate.

According to blood center officials, blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45-60 minutes; one pint of blood can help save the lives of up to three patients, and one out of every five people entering the hospital will need blood products.

The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 87 hospitals in Iowa, Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin. It is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center and the Van Buren County Hospital.

The center’s mobile unit drew 19 pints of blood Nov. 14 at Maharishi University of Management and 28 pints of blood Nov. 25 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Building.

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