Blood drives scheduled
The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center has scheduled blood drives in Fairfield.
St. Mary Catholic Church will host a blood drive from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 6 in the parish hall. Donors can give blood every eight weeks, so those who last gave on or before Nov. 11 are eligible to give again at this event. To donate, call Marianne McGregor at 469-3141.
Jefferson County PM will host a blood drive from 2-7 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Building. Donors who last gave on or before Nov. 12 are eligible to give again. To donate, call 800-452-1097 or visit the website www.bloodcenterimpact.org.
Noah’s Ark Animal Foundation will host a blood drive from 2:30-7 p.m. Jan. 13 at Noah’s Ark. Donors who last gave on or before Nov. 18 are eligible to give again. To donate, call Dawn Safrit at 472-6080.
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.