Due to low donations and increased patient need, we are urging all eligible volunteer donors, especially those with AB or O blood type, to donate now. Please contact the Blood Center to schedule a time to give at a donor center or mobile blood drive near you as soon as possible. Call (800) 747-5401, or schedule online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org or via our Blood Center Impact App. Thank you!
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Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is seeking additional blood donors to help our region’s blood supply recover from this week’s blizzard. The Blood Center has lost hundreds of donations this week due to cancelled blood drives and the closing of several MVRBC Donor Centers on Tues., Feb., 1 and all day on Wed., Feb. 2.
The Blood Center will resume normal operations on Thurs., Feb. 3, with opportunities to give blood at MVRBC Donor Centers and on mobile blood drives throughout its service region. Walk-ins are welcome, although prospective donors may also schedule an appointment by calling MVRBC at (800) 747-5401.
“This was a massive storm that hit our entire service region,” said Susan Blaskovich, President of the Northern Division of Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. “Because of that, our collections were greatly diminished for two full days,” Blaskovich added. MVRBC's service region extends from St. Louis, Missouri in the south to Platteville, Wisconsin in the north (click here for map). Lost donations from this week’s blizzard are estimated to exceed 1,000 units.
Based in Davenport, Iowa, MVRBC is the provider of blood and blood components for 75 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. “Of course, the reasons hospitals need blood for transfusions don’t just go away when the weather is bad,” said Blaskovich, noting the national blood supply is much lower than normal because of this snowstorm and others hitting the east coast in January. “That's why we're looking to recruit as many donors as possible after the storm.”
All persons age 17 and up (or 16, with parental permission) who are in good health and weigh at least 110 lbs. are eligible to give blood. Additional restrictions apply through the pre-donation screening process. The process of giving blood takes about one hour. To find a nearby mobile blood drive or to schedule an appointment at an MVRBC Donor Center, call (800) 747-5401.