Upcoming blood drives
The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center has announced the following upcoming blood drives:
Monday, March 4, 2 to 6:30 p.m.: Henry County community blood drive, in gym of E3 Center, 1400 E. Washington Street, Mt. Pleasant. Donors who last gave blood on or before Jan. 7 are eligible. To make an appointment, contact MVRBC at 800-747-5401 ext. 1281.
Wednesday: March 6, 7:45 to 11:45 a.m.: New London Community High School blood drive, high school gym, 101 Jack Wilson Street, New London. Donors who last gave blood on or before Jan. 9 are eligible. To make an appointment, contact Paula Bliven at 319-367-0500 ext. 221.
Thursday, March 7, 3 to 7 p.m.: Mt. Pleasant Community High School blood drive, MPCHS commons. Donors who last gave blood on or before Jan. 10 are eligible. To make an appointment, contact Mike Wilson at 319-385-7700.
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.