Upcoming area blood drives
The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center has announced the following upcoming blood drives:
Wednesday, May 1, 1 to 6 p.m.: New London Lions community blood drive, New London Community Hall, 106 N. Division Street, New London. Donors who last gave blood on or before March 6 are eligible. To make an appointment, contact Mickey Dingman at 319-367-2201.
Friday, May 3, 12 to 3 p.m.: Shottenkirk Mt. Pleasant community blood drive, training room, 2301 E. Washington Street, Mt. Pleasant. Donors who last gave blood on or before March 8 are eligible. To make an appointment, contact Sam Fuller at 319-385-2261.
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.
MVRBC 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.