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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 21, 2014

Blood drives set in Batavia, Fairfield

Aug 19, 2014

The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center has scheduled two upcoming blood drives.

The Batavia community will host a blood drive from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Batavia Senior Citizen Community Center.

Donors who last gave on or before July 1 will be eligible to donate again at the Aug. 26 blood drive.

For an appointment, call Marcia Drish at 919-2156.

A blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in the Fairfield Arts & Conveniton Center’s Cambridge and Smith meeting rooms.

Donors who last gave on or before July 4 will be eligible to donate again at the Aug. 29 blood drive.

For an appointment, contact the Ottumwa Telerecruitment Department at 800-452-1087 or www.bloodcenterimpact.org.

A potential donor must be at least 17 years old, although a 16-year-old can donate if he or she presents a signed parental permission form. The form is available at www.bloodcenter.org.

A potential donor must weigh at least 110 pounds and have photo identification or a Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center donor card.

An individual with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure can be accepted as an eligible donor.

According to blood center officials, blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 to 60 minutes.

For information, call the blood center at 800-747-5401.

The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 87 hospitals in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. It 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.

According to the blood center, about one in seven patients require a blood transfusion; 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood, but less than 10 percent actually donate; and only voluntary donations can be transfused.

The mobile crew collected nine pints of blood during the Aug. 11 drive at Parkview Care Center.

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