By Jeremy Oster
Saturday, Nov. 1, local Boy Scouts held a pancake breakfast at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2821 N. Bell School Road, Rockford. Besides serving pancakes, Boy Scout Conner Hess, 17, from Rockton Hononegah High School, served the community by becoming a first-time blood donor with the Rock River Valley Blood Center Mobile Lab.
Hess said: “When I was a baby, I needed a complete blood transfusion because my Bilirubin count was only 34. So, I wanted to give back today.”
The Mobile Lab was parked in the church parking lot and accepted donations throughout the event.
Donating blood is safe and simple. You are most likely able to donate if you are at least 17 years old (16-year-olds may donate with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health. People taking medications are not necessarily disqualified.
The Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) serves as a centralized, community blood center and is the sole provider of blood products and services to Beloit Health System, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, FHN, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rochelle Community Hospital, Rockford Health System, SwedishAmerican Health System and SwedishAmerican Medical Center — Belvidere.
For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, call toll-free at 877-RRVBC-99 or find RRVBC on the web at www.rrvbc.org.
RRVBC locations and hours are as follow:
• Headquarters and Downtown Donor Center — 419 N. Sixth St., Rockford. 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday; and 7-11 a.m., Saturday.
• Belvidere Donor Center — 1740 S. State St., Belvidere, Illinois. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday and Tuesday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday; and 7-11 a.m., the second Saturday of each month.
• Freeport Donor Center — 461 E. South St., Freeport, Illinois. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday and Tuesday; 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday and Friday; and 7-11 a.m., the second Saturday of each month.
• Perryville Donor Center — 3065 N. Perryville Road, Rockford. 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday; and 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday.
Posted Nov. 7, 2014