High School Reunion Blood Drive July 5-6

CherryVale Mall will be the host site of the Rock River Valley Blood Center’s (RRVBC) 2007 High School Reunion Blood Drive Thursday, July 5 and Friday, July 6.

The blood drive, geared toward high school students but open to anyone eligible to donate blood, will be from 2-7 p.m., Thursday, July 5, and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, July 6 at CherryVale Mall’s Center Court area.

Prizes, giveaways and complimentary snacks from mall food retailers are some of the “swag” being offered during the High School Reunion Blood Drive, including a chance to win an iPod.

This is the third year the RRVBC will be holding their High School Reunion Blood Drive at CherryVale Mall.

Cindy Hindes, CherryVale Mall marketing director, said: “We are pleased to partner with the Rock River Valley Blood Center on this fun, but worthwhile event. We realize that summer is a critical time for helping build up the blood supply and are eager to assist with Rock River Valley Blood Center’s efforts. Since CherryVale Mall is a destination for many area teens and adults, this event is a perfect match and will allow donors to meet up with friends and make a difference. Plus, we are hoping to exceed the Rock River Valley Blood Center’s goal of 100 donors per day since the High School Reunion Blood Drive coincides with the mall’s Sidewalk Sale. We hope that our shoppers will take a few minutes to contribute to this important area effort.”

RRVBC welcomes walk-ins during the High School Reunion Blood Drive at CherryVale Mall, Thursday, July 5 and Friday, July 6. For those wishing to schedule an appointment, call RRVBC at (815) 965-8751.

RRVBC supplies the total blood needs for eight area hospitals, including SwedishAmerican Hospital, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford Memorial Hospital, Mercy Harvard Community Hospital, Rochelle Community Hospital, Northwest Suburban Community Hospital, Freeport Health Network, Beloit Memorial Hospital, and Edgerton Hospital and Health Services. RRVBC must collect 965 units of blood each week to meet the needs of the eight area hospitals. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be 16 years of age in Illinois (with parental consent) and 17 in Wisconsin. In most cases, those on medications may still donate blood. Donors must be feeling well and healthy the day of the donation and should eat a meal within four hours of donating.

from the July 5-10, 2007, issue

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