Blood drives set in Lockridge, Batavia
Lockridge Fire and Rescue will sponsor a Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center blood drive from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Lockridge Senior Center.
To donate, call Sonja Graber at 319-696-3686.
A donor must have last given blood on or before Aug. 20 to be eligible to give at this drive.
The Batavia community will sponsor a blood drive from 3-6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Batavia Senior Community Center.
To donate, call 800-452-1097. A donor must have last given blood on or before Aug. 27 to give at this drive.
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.
The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center mobile crew collected 21 pints of blood Sept. 23 at Noah’s Ark Animal Foundation; 11 pints Sept. 24 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Center; 13 pints Sept. 25 at the Keosauqua Senior Center; and 13 pints Sept. 26 at Dexter Apache Holdings Inc.
According to the blood center, donors can give blood every eight weeks; 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.