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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Blood Center seeks O-Negative and B-Negative donors to help meet patient need
Davenport, IA – A combination of heavier than usual patient need and an extended period of lower than usual collections has left inventories of the O-Negative and B-Negative blood types at less than a three-day supply. To ensure the Blood Center’s ongoing ability to meet patient need, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) asks individuals with the O-Negative and B-Negative blood types to give blood at an MVRBC Donor Center or mobile blood drive. To schedule a time to give blood, contact the Blood Center at (563) 359-5401 (toll-free (800) 747-5401) or online at www.bloodcenter.org.
“The summer months are typically the most difficult time of year for blood supply,” said Amanda Hess, Director of Donor Relations. “On the whole, the blood supply has remained stable through this difficult period,” added Hess. “But due to increased patient use of B-Negative and O-Negative, our inventories of those blood types have struggled to keep pace.”
All donors, regardless of blood type, will be entered in the Blood Center’s weekly drawing for a $50 gas card. MVRBC will hold a weekly drawing for one $50 gas gift card from all donors who give blood each week through the week of Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 5). All persons who present to give blood at an MVRBC Donor Center or mobile blood drive will be eligible to win the drawing.
“The need for our lifesaving products never takes a day off,” said Hess. “That’s why we’re pleased to reward donors who give at this time of year with a chance to win a gas card and fill their tank on us!”
About Blood Donation: Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. A photo I.D. or MVRBC Donor Card is required to donate. All persons 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 donation. For additional information on the Blood Center's service to hospitals in our region and for details on the blood donation process, including information on donor eligibility, see www.bloodcenter.org or call (563) 359-5401, or toll-free (800) 747-5401.