Four blood drives planned
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center has scheduled several upcoming blood drives.
Three are set at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Building.
The first is set from 2-7 p.m. July 9. Those who last gave on or before May 14 are eligible to donate again.
The second is set from 3-6:30 p.m. July 18. Those who last donated blood on or before May 23 are eligible to give again.
The third is set from 3-7 p.m. July 31, and those who last donated on or before June 5 are eligible to give again.
Walk-in donors are welcome at the blood drives scheduled in the Activity Building, but those who would like an appointment can call 800-452-1097.
A blood drive also is set from 1-5 p.m. July 15 at the Roosevelt Community Recreation Center. Those who last donated on or before May 20 are eligible to donate again. Walk-in donors are welcome, but those who would like an appointment can call Derik Wulfekuhle at 472-6159.
The center’s mobile unit collected 160 pints of blood at recent area blood drives: 32 pints June 17 at St. Mary Catholic Church; 38 pints June 18 at Cambridge Investment Research Inc.; 15 pints June 19 at the Batavia Community Senior Center; 25 pints June 19 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Building; 25 pints June 21 at the Jefferson County Health Center; and 25 pints June 25 at the Packwood Community Building.
According to Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about an hour to complete. Donors must be 16 year 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 each time they donate. The forms are available at www.bloodcenter.org.
According to blood center officials, 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.
A donor can give blood every eight weeks.
Information is available at www.bloodcenter.org.