SPRINGFIELD – If Abraham Lincoln is in your
blood, two central Illinois organizations have a way to share both
of these valuable resources.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and the Central Illinois
Community Blood Center (CICBC) have joined forces to encourage
residents to donate blood for patients in area hospitals. The
promotion covers CICBC blood drives in Sangamon, Bond,
Cass, Christian, Greene, Logan, Macoupin, Madison, Menard,
Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, St. Clair, Scott and
All blood donors at the Donor Center in Springfield and at the many
mobile blood drives conducted by CICBC will receive a coupon for
one dollar off the price of admission to the Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Museum. In addition, when they reach the
20-gallon level, frequent donors will receive a coupon for one free
admission to the Museum when they accompany a visitor
with a paid admission.
Donors who have already given 20 gallons or
more will receive the coupon for one free admission to the museum
during their next visit to the blood center.
"This is the first time that the Presidential
has provided complimentary admission to a group, but we feel
strongly that blood donation is vital to the health of our
community," said Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Interim Director Jan Grimes. “It saves lives, and supporting
the life-saving act of blood donation reflects the commitment to
public service of our 16th President.”
Each of the free admission coupons bears the
statement, “Give what’s in your heart, I did” to
recognize the valuable community service of the donor and suggest
that others donate blood to save lives in area hospitals.
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“Blood donors are vital links in the excellent
medical care in this area,” said David Parsons, CEO of the CICBC.
“We are extremely pleased that another very valuable community
asset – the Presidential Museum – is joining in this effort to
recognize and encourage blood donors who help assure an
adequate blood supply for area patients.”
The Central Illinois Community Blood Center is the exclusive
supplier of blood for patients in 19
ospitals in central and southwestern Illinois.
All blood drives are listed on
www.CICBC.org where appointments may be scheduled. Call (217)
753-1530, (618) 659-0542 or toll free 1-866-GIVE-BLD for
more information or to schedule an appointment.
For more information on the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum, visit
[Text copied from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]