Blood donors needed over holidays
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) invites donors to give the gift of life in the days leading up to Christmas and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Additional donors are needed Dec. 19 through Jan. 8 to help make up for collection losses due to last weekend’s extreme cold and the upcoming holidays.
To schedule a time to donate at an MVRBC Donor Center or mobile blood drive, call (800) 747-5401, or schedule online through www.bloodcenterimpact.org.
The rate of blood donation typically decreases during the holiday season, with businesses holding fewer blood drives and many routine donors finding themselves unable to schedule an appointment until after the holidays. To recognize donors who provide this lifesaving resource at this busy time of year, the blood center will provide all registered donors with a long-sleeve “Lifesaver” T-Shirt (or choice of Starbucks gift card at MVRBC Donor Centers) now through Jan. 15.
Factors that drive blood utilization don't take a holiday (ie. cancer treatment, surgeries, burns, trauma, etc.), but the rate of blood donation drops when potential donors become busy with additional activities. Blood centers across the country experience a decrease in donations during the final weeks of the year.
Aside from the holidays, blood donations can also be impacted by cold and flu season and inclement winter weather.
Locally, blood donors can give blood at MVRBC’s Gift of Life Blood Drive on Tuesday, Dec. 27, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the E3 Center, in Mt. Pleasant.
Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. A photo I.D. or MVRBC Donor Card is required to donate. All persons age 17 and over (or 16 with a signed parental permission form) who weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health meet the basic eligibility requirements for blood donation.
MVRBC is the exclusive provider of blood products and services to 88 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.
The MVRBC is based in Davenport, where MVRBC’s testing, processing and primary distribution center produces transfusable blood component products from more than 200,000 whole blood and platelet apheresis donations each year. The Blood Center’s service region extends from southwestern Wisconsin to St. Louis, Mo., and from Danville, Ill. to Albia, an area with a population of more than four million residents.