Rock River Valley Blood Center kicks off a summer of fun

The Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) will begin featuring “Hot Dog Wednesdays” at their facilities in Rockford at 419 N. Sixth St. and 3065 N. Perryville Road. RRVBC will provide hot dogs and all the fixin’s to donors on Wednesdays through Aug. 29. RRVBC will also feature ice-cold slushies generously donated by Taylor Freezer each day throughout the summer at the Rockford facilities.

“Donors are our lifeline. They give of themselves on a regular basis to help save the lives of patients at area hospitals. This is a small way for us to thank our donors and hopefully encourage more people to donate,” said Heidi Ognibene, director of Community Resources.

As temperatures rise, so do high-risk activities and related injuries. “Recruiting donors is very challenging throughout the summer months. In order to maintain an adequate supply at all times, RRVBC incorporates several promotions each summer,” said Public Relations Manager Jennifer Bowman. One in three of us will need blood.

Last year, more than 5 million American lives were saved through blood transfusion. The Rock River Valley Blood Center is making every attempt to ensure that the community is given the opportunity to conveniently donate blood.

Rockford Donor Center

419 N. Sixth St., Monday and Friday, 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Second Saturday of each month

3065 N. Perryville Road—Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.

For info, call 815-965-8751 or toll free at 866-889-9073, or visit

from the June 6-12, 2007, issue

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