Blood drives scheduled in Packwood, Fairfield
The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center has scheduled blood drives in Packwood and Fairfield.
The Packwood Lions Club will sponsor a blood drive from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Packwood Community Room at the fire station in Packwood.
Donors can give blood every eight weeks, so those who last gave on or before Nov. 20 are eligible to give again.
Walk-in donors are welcome, but those who would like appointments can call 800-452-1097.
Fairfield financial institutions will sponsor a blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 16 in the downstairs community room of First National Bank on the Fairfield square.
Donors who last gave on or before Nov. 21 are eligible to give again.
Walk-in donors are welcome, but those who would like appointments can call Laura McCormick at 472-2012 or visit the website www.bloodcenterimpact.org.
According to the blood center, 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. Sixteen-year-old donors must present a signed parental consent form. Forms are available at www.bloodcenter.org.
The blood center’s mobile unit drew 128 pints of blood at five recent blood drives.
Fourteen pints were drawn during a drive sponsored by Lockridge Fire and Rescue Dec. 18 at the Lockridge Senior Center in Lockridge.
Twenty-nine pints were drawn Dec. 18 at Cambridge Investment Research Inc. in Fairfield.
Nineteen pints were drawn Dec. 26 at the Keosauqua Senior Center in Keosauqua.
Twenty-six pints were drawn Dec. 26 at First United Methodist Church in Fairfield.
Forty pints were drawn Dec. 28 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Building in Fairfield.
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 the hospital will need blood products.