Over the past three weeks, the Blood Center has been forced to cancel dozens of blood drives (68, and counting) leading to a loss of more than 2200 donations due to record cold tempatures, snow, and ice.
If you are able to safely travel to donate blood this week, please do. To find a donation location near you, call (800) 747-5401, visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org, or use the Blood Center’s IMPACT mobile app.
With another winter storm on the way to portions of our service region, we will continue to provide information on the impact of winter weather at www.bloodcenter.org/weather.
Throughout their lives, dedicated volunteer blood donors provide a critical, lifesaving resource that impacts the treatment of patients throughout our region. Many blood donors also choose to help others at their time of death by registering to become an organ donor.
Organ and tissue donation can represent a final act of generosity on the part of the deceased and can give patients an opportunity to return to healthy, productive lives.
To learn about registering to become an organ donor, see the Donate Life America web site (www.donatelife.net). Because the laws governing organ donation vary by state, each of the states in our service region maintain separate organ donation registries.
In Illinois, see: Donate Life IllinoisIn Iowa, see: Iowa Donor NetworkIn Missouri, see: www.missouriorgandonor.comIn Wisconsin, see: Donate Life Wisconsin
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