Rock Island, IL - Some community heroes don't wear capes - they give life-saving blood. As part of its summer "Every Hero Has a Story" activities, the Rock Island Public Library will host a community blood drive from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, July 15 at the downtown Main Library, 401 19th Street. Donors will give blood in the MVRBC Donor Bus in the library parking lot off 20th Street.
The rate of blood donation typically drops by about 20 percent in summer months, according to the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.
What: Rock Island Public Library Community Blood Drive
When: Wednesday, July 15, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Where: MVRBC Donor Bus, Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th St., Rock Island, IL
Donor Eligibility Criteria: Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo ID or MVRBC Donor Card is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800)747-5401. Donors who last gave blood on or before 5/20/15 are eligible to give at this drive.
About Blood Donation: Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.
Donors at the Rock Island Library site will be automatically entered into a drawing from the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center for a 2015 Jeep Patriot. The drawing is part of the center's "Made in the USA" promotion to support the blood supply through the difficult summer months. The 2015 Jeep Patriot, provided with support from Ron's Toy Box (www.ronstoybox.com), is a small SUV, dark navy in color with air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, remote power locks and other features. The Blood Center will select a winner from everyone who registers to give blood at our Donor Centers and mobile blood drives until September 5. To learn more, visit www.bloodcenter.org/win.
ABOUT MVRBC: Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. Locally, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Genesis Health System, Select Specialty Hospital and UnityPoint Health - Quad Cities.