Rock River Valley Blood Center kicks off summer of fun

Beginning, Wednesday, May 31, the Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) will feature “Hot Dog Wednesdays” at their facility, 419 N. 6th St., Rockford. Through Aug. 30th, RRVBC will provide hot dogs and all the fixin’s to donors on Wednesdays. In addition, RRVBC will also feature ice-cold slushies donated by Taylor Freezer each day throughout the summer. “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,” stated Public Relations Manager Jennifer Bowman.

One in three of us will need blood. Last year, more than 4.5 million American lives were saved through blood transfusion. The Rock River Valley Blood Center is making every attempt to ensure the community is given the opportunity to conveniently donate blood.

The RRVBC is the sole supplier of blood and related services to OSF Saint Anthony, Rockford Memorial, SwedishAmerican, Beloit Memorial, Freeport Health Network, Harvard Memorial, Memorial Community, Northwest Suburban Community and Rochelle Community hospitals. Community-minded volunteers donate virtually all of this country’s supply of blood for transfusion.

From the May 31-June 6, 2006, issue

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