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Upcoming American Red Cross blood drives August 16 - 31 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theresa Kuhlmann   
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 16:20

Red Cross Blood Donations at Seriously Low Level; Blood Donors Needed

Blood donations nationally have been declining this summer and supplies are at seriously low levels. Though the American Red Cross issued a national appeal for blood donors on July 11, blood products are going out to area hospitals just as quickly as donations are coming in.

All blood types are needed – especially type O negative, B negative and A negative – to ensure blood supplies do not drop to emergency levels.

“Summer blood donors can mean the difference between an adequate blood supply and a shortage,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Red Cross Blood Services region. “We are asking eligible donors to make appointments in the coming days to reverse the downward trend in donations that we have seen this summer.”

With many donors busy or traveling and school out of session, donations have dropped dramatically. In fact, during May and June 2011, while the need for blood products remained steady, donations were at the lowest level during this time frame in 12 years. More recently extreme heat experienced throughout the region may be contributing to fewer donations.

The Red Cross needs blood donors – now more than ever – to roll up a sleeve and give as soon as possible.

To show appreciation to those who help save lives near the upcoming Labor Day holiday (August 29 to September 7), all presenting donors at Red Cross blood drives and blood donation centers in the Heart of America region will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $500 gas card. This is a part of the Red Cross’ summer-long Good to Give. Good to Go. promotion that features holiday-themed raffles and a chance for one lucky donor (21 and older) in the Mid-America Blood Services Division to win a trip for four (4) to Orlando, Florida.


How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information.

A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts. 


Blood Donation Opportunities



8/18/2011, 1:30 pm- 6:30 pm, American Legion Hall, 221 Calvert St., Chadwick,

8/19/2011, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, St. Wendelin's Catholic Church, 102 S. Linn, Shannon

8/22/2011, 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 502 3rd Street, Savanna

8/26/2011, 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Church of God, 816 S. Clay, Mount Carroll

8/30/2011, 8:00 am-11:30 am, Elkay Manufacturing, 105 N. Rochester St, Lanark


8/18/2011, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm, Lyondell Chemical Company, 3400 Anamosa Road, Clinton 



8/26/2011, 10:00 am- 1:00 pm, Hy-Vee, 2200 W. Kimberly Rd., Davenport


8/16/2011, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton

8/17/2011, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

8/23/2011, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton

8/24/2011, 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Abiding Word Church, 806 E Lynn Blvd., Sterling

8/24/2011, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

8/25/2011, 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

8/31/2011, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls


Donations Needed for Benefit Sale PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sister Mary Ann Vogel   
Thursday, 28 July 2011 13:27

Donations of good, gently used items are now being accepted by Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. for the Fresh Start Benefit Sale which will be held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds beginning the evening of August 16 and going through noon of August 19. The drop-off location for sale items is 311 West Kimberly, across from North Park Mall, Lujack’s and Burger King. Drop-off days and times are Monday, Thursday and Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm, now through August 11. Accepted items are any household items in good working order including large and small appliances and furniture, bedding, linens, gift items, jewelry, books, toys, exercise equipment and other. Please, no clothes.

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. is a transitional and permanent supportive housing program that provides single-parent families experiencing homelessness with opportunities for growth and development that could lead to self-sufficient living. Children in the program learn there is a different way to live, they grow in self-esteem, some of these children have become the first in their family to complete high school and then go on to college.

We hear of growing numbers of homeless children and children living in poverty. These stories are not just about other countries and other communities; they include our own Quad City community. Humility of Mary Housing is working to reduce some of those statistics. In their 21 years 684 families including 1349 children have been served. Every day, except when an apartment is being prepared for a new family, HMHI is serving 47 single parents and approximately 100 children. A caring and generous Quad City community has made it possible for HMHI to continue serving the needs of these families.

Today you can help by dropping off those good unused, never used items you find as you clean out cupboards, basements, attics and garages; as you simplify your life styles or downsize your living spaces. Think Fresh Start Benefit Sale and think of the homeless children who will be helped.

Help homeless children in the Quad Cities and get great deals on gently used items. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM   
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 07:26
Humility of Mary Housing is preparing for its 21st annual Fresh Start Benefit Sale to be held at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds August 17 – 20, 2010.

This sale is just the place to recycle those items you have cleaned out of closets, attics, basements or garages. Your gently used items will become someone else’s treasure. We can use house wares, small and large appliance in good working order, furniture, toys, tools, jewelry, bedding, linens and much more; no clothes for this sale, please.

There is a new location for dropping off items for the Fresh Start Sale: 2906 Brady Street in Davenport. It is left off Brady at E. 29th Street and just west of Life’s Little Treasures. Drop off dates and times are: Monday, Thursday and Saturday 9am – 3pm now through August 12.

All proceeds from the Fresh Start Sale benefit Humility of Mary Housing, Inc., celebrating 20 years of success helping homeless single-parent families return to self-sufficiency. In those 20 years they have served 665 families including 1288 children.

Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities to hold Community Blood Drive on July 25 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Dobbins   
Friday, 22 July 2011 22:52
(Bettendorf, IA – July 22, 2011)   Brown Mackie College – Quad Cities will host a Community Blood Drive on Monday, July 25, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Collections will benefit the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. The College is located at 2119 E. Kimberly Road in Bettendorf, IA. The community is invited to be heroes for the day by signing up and giving blood.

Donors must be 17 years old (16 with parental consent) have photo I.D., weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health.

For additional information about the Community Blood Drive or Brown Mackie College – Quad Cities, contact  Jennifer Hansen or Ann Sandoval at (309) 762-2100 or (563) 344-1500, or visit


Benefit Auction to Raise Money for 4-H PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Monday, 18 July 2011 12:18

AMES, Iowa -- On July 18, the Iowa 4-H Foundation will hold a benefit auction to support 4-H programs in Iowa.

“Our annual benefit auction gets bigger and better every year,” said Albert Grunenwald, associate director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. “We are excited about the variety of items up for sale, as well as our new online proxy bidding system, which allows more people to join in the fun. Anyone who is 18 years of age or older and living in the United States can participate.”

The event will coincide with the Central Iowa Golf Tournament at the Wakonda Club in Des Moines. The benefit will start with supper at 6 p.m. followed by the auction. The event is for registered guests only, but the public is welcome to submit proxy bids on any of the auction items listed online.

The highlighted items on the auction list are vacation packages to New York, Costa Rica and Hawaii; many sports packages ranging from a Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals baseball game to tickets to the Iowa State vs. Iowa football game or passes to the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

“There is definitely something for everyone on this year’s auction list,” Grunewald said.

Check out the entire auction item list and place bids at


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