Jefferson County AM hosting blood drive

Jefferson County AM

Jefferson County AM will host a community blood drive from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Jefferson County Health Center?s conference room.

Donors who last gave blood on or before Feb. 23 are eligible to give at this drive.

For appointments to donate, contact the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at 800-452-1097 or visit and use code 5031 to locate the drive.

Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age, although a 16-year-old with a parental permission form can donate. The form is available through Donors must weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure can be accepted as eligible donors. For information about eligibility, call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at 800-747-5401.

According to the blood center personnel, blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 90 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. It is the exclusive provider to Jefferson County Health Center.