Blood bank hosts holiday blood drive

Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) is hoping to prevent the usual holiday blood shortages by asking that past and potential donors, and those who are interested in hosting a blood drive, contact RRVBC to make an appointment or get more information.

“The need for blood never takes a holiday. Unfortunately, inclement weather, flu season and busy schedules take their toll on the blood supply at this time of year,” said Jennifer Bowman, RRVBC PR manager.

RRVBC needs 900 donors each week to adequately serve the patient transfusion needs of the nine community hospitals they serve, “so we are asking the community to consider giving the greatest gift of all—the gift of life—this holiday season,” Bowman said.

Most people are eligible to donate. Eligible donors include those people at least age 16 (in Illinois, with parental consent) or 17 (in Wisconsin), who weigh a minimum of 100 pounds and are in general good health. “The reality is less than 5 percent of people donate blood, though 33 percent of us will need a transfusion in our lifetime,” explained Bowman.

The Rock River Valley Blood Center is the sole supplier of blood and related services to OSF Saint Anthony, Rockford Memorial, SwedishAmerican, Beloit Memorial, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, Freeport Health Network, Mercy Harvard, Northwest Suburban Community and Rochelle Community hospitals. Community-minded volunteers donate virtually all of this country’s supply of blood for transfusion. To contact RRVBC, call 965-8751 or toll-free at 866-889-9073.

From the Dec. 13-19, 2006, issue

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