Four blood drives scheduled; results listed from past drives
The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center has scheduled several area blood drives.
Birmingham Lions Club will host a blood drive from 2:30-6 p.m. May 1 at the club’s building. Donors who last gave on or before March 6 will be eligible to give again at this blood drive. For appointments, call Harry Anderson at 319-498-4201.
First United Methodist Church in Fairfield will host a blood drive from 2-6:30 p.m. May 5. Donors who last gave on or before March 10 will be eligible to give again at this blood drive. For appointments, call Melva Dahl at 472-5762.
Roosevelt Community Recreation Center will host a blood drive from 2-5:30 p.m. May 6. Donors who last gave on or before March 11 will be eligible to give again at this blood drive. For appointments, call Derik Wulfekuhle at 472-6159.
Fairfield High School’s Student Council will host a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 9 in the school gym. Donors who last gave on or before March 14 will be eligible to give again at this blood drive. For appointments, contact a member of the student council or student council advisor Heidi Grunwald.
The blood center drew several pints of blood at recent blood drives.
The center’s mobile unit drew 26 pints of blood March 3 at First United Methodist Church.
It drew 51 pints March 5 at the Pekin High School blood drive.
A total of 16 pints of blood were drawn March 6 at Roosevelt Community Recreation Center.
A total of 51 pints were drawn March 11 and 40 more were drawn March 27 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Activity Building.
A total of 14 pints of blood were drawn March 18 at a blood drive on the Maharishi University of Management campus.
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, and donors can give blood every eight weeks.
Officials say 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.
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 in Fairfield and the Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua.