Date: March 11, 2008 Contact: Holly Yates

Phone # 1/800/747-5401, ext. 257




APPOINTMENTS: To donate call Daniele Schlumpf at (563) 449-5000

ABOUT THE DRIVE: Donors who last gave blood on or before January 30, 2008 are eligible. ABOUT DONATING: Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that only takes about an hour. Donors must be at least 16 years old, in good health, and weigh at least 110 pounds. A Blood Donor card or other photo I.D. is required to donate; 16-year-old donors must present a signed parental consent form, available from the Blood Center or for download from Controlled high blood pressure and diabetics are acceptable.

ABOUT MVRBC: Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the exclusive blood provider to Trinity Medical Center - West, Trinity Medical Center - 7th Street Trinity Medical Center at Terrace Park, Genesis Medical Center - East Rusholme Street and Genesis Medical Center - West Central Park.

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GOOD THINGS NOW with locations in Rock Island and Aledo is requesting donations of men's clothing, bedding, blankets and kitchen supplies such as pots, pans and dishes. We will also be running a 50% off sale on all winter merchandise the first 2 weeks of March.

In a world where every voice should count, there is still pockets of society that allows a small handful of individuals to control the livelyhoods of many. A good example of this is our own local Davenport Farmers Markets. Currently two farmers markets opperate on the Florian Keen parking lot, one being the Mississippi Valley Growers Association and the other being the Davenport River City Farmers Market Association.


TK's Family Restaurant in Colona, Illinois, has a menu of items that make up a wish list for a 20-man platoon that is stationed in Afghanistan. The Colona Business Association's "Adopt A Platoon" program is part of the national Adopt A Platoon program( This organization asks people to send mail and donate everyday items to the troops overseas.


The Colona Business Association sends gifts to the troops all year, not just during the holiday season. Please drop off your donations at the Colona Bank, Blackhawk State Bank's Colona branch and, of course, TK's Family Restaurant. While you are at the restaurant, you may want to try their ½ pound "Monster Burger."


Here is a list of the items that's on the troop's wish list: arts and craft supplies, batteries (AA and AAA), beef jerky, blank cards, blank CD's, board games, bubble gum, coffee and creamer (the powdered kind), coffee cups, computer games, crossword puzzles, darts, DVD's, flashlights, goldfish, hard candy, letter writing materials, mac-n-cheese, pen lights, plastic models, poker chips and cards, popcorn, Pringles, puzzle books, salt and pepper, and spices.

Sunday, October 21st through Saturday, October 27th, motorcycle enthusiasts and supporters of breast cancer research, education, and outreach programs worldwide will be able to bid on a one-of-a-kind custom-built motorcycle specially constructed to raise funds for the Quad Cities affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This women's chopper was first unveiled at the Quad Cities Race for the Cure in the spring. All proceeds from the auction will support breast cancer research, education, outreach, screening, and treatment for the medically underserved. The project was funded in part by Radiology Group Imaging Center, Davenport, Iowa, and Wiebler's Harley-Davidson, Davenport, Iowa. Many special features are included in the design, such as ribbon-shaped wheel rims, specially air-painted gas tank with Susan G. Komen logo, ribbon-embossed leather seat, and other artfully applied features. The color is primarily black, with white and pink design enhancements. For more details go to or To place a bid on eBay go to October 21st through October 27th and click on the "Auctions" tab. ###

Thought provoking images encouraging dialogue betweekn people of all races, faiths and cultures will be displayed on 45 large murals in downtown Davenport (in front of the Figge, the RME courtyard and the south side of the RiverCenter). 

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In response to Saturday's severe weather, the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area is ensuring that the immediate needs of disaster victims are being met.

A warming center continues to remain open at the Davenport YMCA, 2nd & Gaines Sts, Davenport, IA.

A shelter is currently open at the Cambridge Fire Dept, 417 E Court St, Cambridge, IL

A warming center opened today (Feb 26) at Noon at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1001 - 9th St, Orion, IL.

A warming center is open at Bethel Baptist Church, 27308 - 108th Ave N, Port Byron, IL.

A warming center is open at the Aledo VFW, 106 SW 3rd Ave, Aledo, IL.

A warming center is open at the Sherrard Fire Dept, Sherrard, IL.

The Red Cross is providing 50 cots for Arrowhead Ranch, which is currently still without power.

A warming center is open at the Letts Fire Dept, Letts, IA.

A warming center is open at Solid Rock Baptist Church, 14041 Locust St, Wapello, IA.

A warming center is open at the United Methodist Church, Columbus Jct, IA.

A warming center is open at MCSA, 312 - 1st Ave, Muscatine, IA.

Residents of Wilton, IA, are encouraged to contact City Hall (563-732-2115) if they are in need.

A warming center is open at the Reynolds United Methodist Church, W. Edgington St, Reynolds, IL.

ImageThe American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area Volunteer Recognition and Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 29th at the Rogalski Center Ballroom on the campus of St. AmbroseUniversity, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport. The program begins at 9am and includes presentations of 5-year pins to volunteers who joined the Red Cross following the Sept 11th attacks in 2001.  Also, one volunteer will receive a 40-year pin. For more info, contact Leslie at 309-743-2166.

The City of Rock Island is pleased to announce there is now wireless Internet access in The District. Adding this access provides another amenity for downtown, one that will be attractive to young professionals and technologically savvy individuals.

Jennifer Fowler, Community Marketing Director, commented, “People can now come to The District, have a beverage of their choice in our of our outdoor cafes, and surf the Internet or conduct business on their laptop.

City Council set a priority to add wireless Internet access via Wi-Fi technology and security cameras to enchance downtown. During the design of the camera system, additional fiber optic cable was installed to support both initiatives.

The area of service is the Great River Plaza, or Second Avenue, from 17th to 19th Streets. Currently, there is no charge to access the system. The Service Set Identifier (SSID) for the network is RIFI. Users will see this name when accessing the wireless network in The District.

Tip for using RIFI:

  • Your laptop computer must have a Wi-Fi network card in it. Most newer laptops have this built-in. If not, computer retailers offer several choices for less than $100.

  • Once installed, depending on the operating system (the most popular is Microsoft Windows XP), the laptop will pop-up usually with a message indicating that a Wireless Network is available, and provide a list.

  • Select RIFI, and click connect.

  • Open the Internet browser of your choice.

Two 802.11g wireless access points have been installed outdoors; these units are interconnected to City Hall, and then on to the Internet. Current back-end bandwith is set at three megabits per second.