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Summertime donors needed

Blood centers seeking July donations to maintain blood inventory levels

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 12:36 p.m. CDT

AURORA, Ill. — Heartland Blood Centers, a non-profit independent medical organization providing blood products to 49 Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana hospitals, asks all healthy individuals to “roll up their sleeves” and give blood in July.

Current and prospective donors are asked to include donating blood or sponsoring a blood drive in their summer plans.

Holidays, vacations, weddings and other celebrations keep many regular donors from giving blood. If you have not yet made your summertime blood donation, you are urged to do so this month.

“Summertime is historically the time of year when blood centers across the country struggle with their blood inventory levels. We are no exception.” said Dennis Mestrich, president and CEO of Heartland Blood Centers.

“Schools close for the summer, and workers go on vacation,” he added. “This compounds our challenge to collect the blood needed to maintain safe and adequate blood inventories.” 

Patients in the 49 area hospitals who rely on Heartland for all of their transfusion needs require more than 600 units every day for their surgery and treatment. After assuring that these patients’ blood needs are met, Heartland maintains a limited surplus supply of blood products on hand in order to respond to any local or national emergencies.

To be a blood donor, individuals must be at least 17 years old or 16 with written parental permission; weigh at least 110 pounds; be symptom free of cold, flu and allergies; and be in general good health. Donors who have traveled outside the United States within the past 12 months should contact Heartland at 1-800-7TO-GIVE to determine eligibility or visit www.heartlandbc.org.

If you belong to a group or organization that has 10 or more members interested in donating blood, contact Heartland Blood Centers to find out how you can help the many patients in your community needing blood this summer.

Don’t leave this important community responsibility to others. Remember, the need for blood never takes a vacation.

All community members are encouraged to attend the following blood drives (drives are alphabetical by city):

• CHANNAHON — Sunday, July 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Channahon, 24466 Eames St., P.O. Box 518; Please sign up at church or call the office at (815) 467-6846 to reserve a preferred donation time. Please bring a photo ID and eat a good meal before donating.

• COAL CITY — Monday, July 22 from4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 80 N. Garfield.

• DWIGHT —  Tuesday, July 23 from 3 p.m. to 07 p.m. at Village Of Dwight Public Service Complex, 209 S .Prairie. Please call Julie at (815) 436-0154 to reserve your preferred donation time. Walk-ins are also very welcome as usual. Go to www.heartlandbc.org to sign in online.

• MINOOKA — Thursday, July 11 from 3 p.m. to 07 p.m. at Chapin’s East Banquets & Catering along with Twin Rail Pub, 502 Twin Rail Dr., Minooka. Please call Sandi at Chapin’s East Banquets & Catering/Twin Rail Pub at (815) 521-4000 to reserve preferred donation time. Walk-ins welcome; appointments appreciated. Please bring a photo ID and eat a good meal before donating.

• SHOREWOOD — Saturday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Troy Fire Protection District (FPD) Station #1, 700 Cottage St.

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