Blood donors urgently needed; several local drives scheduled

July 24, 2018

DIXON – It’s that time of year, when folks get too busy to put blood drives and donations high on their list of priorities.

That means supplies are dangerously low, warns the American Red Cross, which is facing an emergency blood shortage – and an alarming trend: Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. But for the past 4 years, new Red Cross donors have declined by about 80,000 a year.

Donors of all types, especially type O – the most in-demand blood type and the one that’s often depleted from hospital supplies in a shortage – are encouraged to roll up their sleeves as soon as they can.

Donating is a simple process that takes only about an hour from start to finish.

• Registration: Sign in, show ID and read required information.

• Health check: Answer questions and receive a mini-physical.

• Donation: Giving a pint of blood only takes about 8 to 10 minutes.

• Refreshments: Donors enjoy snacks and relax before resuming their day.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Those 17 and older, or 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health are eligible to give.

Go to redcrossblood.org to register. Enter your ZIP code to find the next and nearest blood drive. Appointments are taken at 800-733-2767; walk-ins are welcome.

Upcoming drives:

• 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Knights of Columbus Hall, 506 W. Third St., Dixon.

• 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th St.

• 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th St. , and 1 to 5 p.m. at the Dixon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, 800 Division St.

• 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the American Legion. 221 Calvert St., Chadwick

• 1 to 6 p.. Aug. 20 at Bethel Reformed Church, 230 E. 23rd St., Sterling.

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