Blood Drive Flyer
(O’Fallon, IL) – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, in conjunction with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC), is hosting a blood drive Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Anyone attending the drive should park near the hospital’s Outpatient entrance and enter the building using the Outpatient entrance, which is noted with a blue “Outpatient” sign. Additional directional signs will be posted to lead guests to the conference room, located on the fourth floor.
All presenting donors will receive a voucher for their choice of a state-themed Donor T-shirt.
“Due to a decrease in donations after Labor Day and a spike in patient need, we are urging all eligible volunteer donors, especially Type O (Rh-positive or Rh-negative), to donate,” said Amanda Hess, Director of Donor and Public Relations at MVRBC.
Type O negative red blood cells can be transfused to patients of every blood type and are most often used in emergencies – when the components must be transfused before the patient’s blood type is known. Newborns, infants, and those with compromised immune systems also frequently receive O-negative red cells.
To schedule a donation time call MVRBC at 866-GIVE-BLD (866-448-3253) or log on to www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use Sponsor Code: 10155. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are suggested. A photo ID is required to participate and it is encouraged that all donors get a good night’s sleep and eat a sustaining meal and hydrate well before donating.
A blood donor can give every eight weeks, or up to six times a year. All person’s age 17 and up (or 16 with a signed parental permission form) who weigh at least 110 lbs. and are in general good health meet the basic eligibility requirements for blood