Summertime blood shortages
There will be two
opportunities for community members to help shore up the local
holiday blood supply in July. The first will be Wednesday, July 2,
from 1 until 7 p.m. at Lincoln Christian Church, 204 N. McLean, and
the second on Monday, July 7, from noon until 6 p.m. at the Logan
County Paramedic Association building, 1300 Postville Drive.
Blood collected at these blood
drives by Central Illinois Community Blood Center will support the
patients in local hospitals, including Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital and Hopedale Medical Complex. These patients are your
friends, neighbors and family members. No other organization
provides blood for these hospitals.
Patients in our hospitals can't
take time off from their blood needs. Patients fighting for their
lives with diseases such as cancer, leukemia, kidney disease and
many others depend on healthy community members for the blood that
keeps them alive.
Summertime is a time of travel
and increased activity. It can also produce more accidents, and the
number of surgeries doesn't decrease either. Traditionally, summer
brings devastating blood shortages across the country. CICBC needs
your help to keep these shortages from touching central Illinois and
the people you care about.
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Ask anyone who has ever needed
a blood transfusion. They will be glad to tell you how grateful they
are that someone took the time to donate blood. No one knows when
the need for blood will touch their life or the life of a loved one.
It is the blood on the shelf that saves lives, and only healthy
community members can provide that blood.
Donating blood is safe and
easy. If you are at least 17 years old (16 years old with signed
permission of parent or guardian), weigh at least 110 pounds, are in
good health, have eaten well, and have a picture ID or two other
forms of ID, lives are depending on you.
For more information or to sign
up, please call Terry Bell at 732-1199 or 753-1530.
Please donate blood. It's about life.