Financial institutions to host blood drive
Fairfield financial institutions will host a Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center blood drive from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the lower-level community room of First National Bank.
Donors can give blood every eight weeks, so those who last gave on or before Dec. 4 are eligible to give again during the blood drive Jan. 29. To donate, call Laura McCormick at 472-3161 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 blood center also has released the results from several recent blood drives.
The center’s mobile unit drew 24 pints of blood Dec. 30 at First United Methodist Church in Fairfield.
The mobile unit drew 17 pints of blood Dec. 26 at the Birmingham Lions Building in Birmingham.
The mobile unit also collected 15 pints of blood Dec. 23 at the Jefferson County Health Center in Fairfield.
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.