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St. Clara's Manor hosting Tuesday blood drive

Local hospitals need help restocking blood supply          Send a link to a friend

[June 20, 2007]  SPRINGFIELD -- Blood donations typically decline during the summer vacation season, especially around the holidays. Many people are out of town and are unable to give blood. Yet the number of trauma cases requiring emergency blood transfusions often rises over the three summer holiday weekends. Consequently, area hospitals and the Central Illinois Community Blood Center are asking the public to help by donating blood.

To help ensure an adequate blood supply for area hospitals, there will be a blood drive from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. Clara's Manor, 200 Fifth St. in Lincoln. For your convenience, please call Tara toll-free to sign up at 1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253), ext. 56, or schedule an appointment online at Walk-ins are also welcome and truly appreciated.

It takes only an hour to donate blood, but the benefits last a lifetime for someone. For more information about donating blood or sponsoring a blood drive, please call the center at 217-753-1530. For more information about blood drives, blood facts, blood types or to schedule an appointment online, please visit

The 2007-2008 Springfield Clinic High School Blood Challenge started May 12. Donate blood in support of Lincoln High School or a participating high school in your community, and should they win the challenge, a graduating senior will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. Until Aug. 20, all donations will give double credit to their designated high school, and all donors will be entered into a drawing. A winner will be drawn for an iPod Nano.

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We never know when a family member may be taken to the hospital and need a lifesaving blood transfusion. You can help protect your family, friends and community by taking a few minutes to donate blood. Please give what's in your heart and donate blood.

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center donor room, located at 1134 S. Seventh St. in Springfield, is open to collect blood on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

CICBC is a not-for-profit organization that provides blood to 19 area hospitals. Blood collected at these drives is intended for local hospitals.

[Text from news release received from Central Illinois Community Blood Center]

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