Local blood shortage: donate for the holidays!

The Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC), formerly the Northern Illinois Blood Bank, is in desperate need of blood donations.

As of Monday, Dec. 15, the Center had enough blood of all types to last approximately one or two days. The Center provides blood for SwedishAmerican, OSF St. Anthony, Rockford Memorial, Harvard Community, Rochelle Community, Northwest Suburban Community, Freeport Health Network, Beloit Memorial, and Edgerton Memorial Community hospitals.

RRVBC must collect 140 units of blood each day to sustain the needs of the nine hospitals.

Donate the perfect holiday gift today! Information: RRVBC, 419 N. 6th St., Rockford, phone 815-965-8751 or visit www.nibb.org. Donation hours: 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, and closed Saturday and Sunday.

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