Upcoming area blood drives
The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center has announced the following upcoming blood drives:
Wednesday: March 20, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: WACO High School National Honor Society blood drive, in WACO High School gym, 706 N. Pearl Street, Wayland. Donors who last gave blood on or before Jan. 23 are eligible. To make an appointment, contact Dianna Herzinger at 319-256-6200.
Wednesday, March 20, 1 to 5:30 p.m.: MackayMitchell Envelope community blood drive, inside the MVRBC mobile donor bus parked at 1500 Mackay Avenue, Mt. Pleasant. Donors who last gave blood on or before Jan. 23 are eligible. To donate, contact Duane Blint at 319-385-9061 ext. 227
Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. or MVRBC Donor Card is required to donate.
Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to 81 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. A list of area hospitals can be found at http://www.bloodcenter.org/about-us/service-hospitals.aspx.