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First United Methodist Church Sponsors Blood Drive on Monday at the Lincoln Masonic Center

Second Opportunity to Give on Dec. 7

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[November 30, 2007]  SPRINGFIELD -- Your help is vital to protecting your community's blood supplies for cancer patients, burn victims, accident patients and others facing surgeries. Chances are that you or someone special to you will need a blood transfusion during your lifetime. The blood supply is totally dependent upon volunteers who will take a few minutes to roll up their sleeve and donate blood. To help ensure an adequate blood supply for the central Illinois area, there will be two opportunities to donate in Lincoln next week.

The first blood drive, sponsored by Lincoln's First United Methodist Church, will be from noon to 6 p.m. Monday at the Lincoln Masonic Center, located at 2022 N. Kickapoo. The second opportunity will be on Friday, Dec. 7, from 2 to 6 p.m., at St. Clara's Manor, located at 200 Fifth St.

To schedule an appointment for either blood drive, please call Tara to sign up toll-free at 1-866-GIVE-BLD, ext. 56, or schedule online at (Dec. 3; Dec. 7). Of course walk-ins are always welcome and sincerely appreciated.

The 2007-2008 Springfield Clinic High School Blood Challenge started May 12, 2007, and ends May 11, 2008. Donate blood at this drive and ask that your donation be credited to Lincoln High School or a participating high school in your community. The high school that wins the challenge will receive a $1,000 college scholarship from Springfield Clinic to award to a graduating senior who plans on furthering his or her education.

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

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If you are healthy, please do your part by donating blood. Help protect your community, family and friends by ensuring that blood is available at your local hospitals when it is needed. Blood has a shelf life of only 42 days. Fortunately it is a renewable resource, but it depends on people who care.

The CICBC 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.

Please give what's in your heart and donate blood.

For more information about blood drives, blood facts and blood types, please check

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

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