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BLOOD DRIVES: Jefferson County AM

Jefferson County AM

Jefferson County AM will host a community blood drive 8 a.m. to noon April 26 in the Jefferson County Health Center’s conference room; enter through the health center’s McCreery Cancer Center entrance.

Donors who last gave blood on or before March 1 are eligible to give at this drive.

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

Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age, although a 16-year-old with parental permission can donate; forms are available through www.bloodcenter.org. Donors must weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure can be accepted as eligible donors. For questions about eligibility, call the blood center at 800-747-5401.

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.