Van Buren County hosting blood drive

Van Buren County

KEOSAUQUA -- Van Buren County will host a community blood drive from 3:30-7 p.m. May 2 at the Keosauqua Senior Center.

Donors who last gave blood on or before March 7 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 5084 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. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure can be accepted as eligible donors. A photo I.D. is required to donate.

For inforamation about eligibility, call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at 800-747-5401.

According to the blood center staff, 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 Van Buren County Hospital.