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[NOV. 12, 2003]  Blood donors save lives every day. They seldom see the face of the person they save or even know the person's name. However, in their heart, they know that they are forever connected with another human being because they took an hour of their time and generously shared their gift of health with someone less fortunate.

The Middletown 4-H, in conjunction with Central Illinois Community Blood Center, will offer an opportunity for you to help save lives in your community. A blood drive on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 8 a.m. until noon will be at the Middletown Community Building. Blood collected at this drive will help replenish blood used in 11 area hospitals, including those in Lincoln, Hopedale and Springfield. Patients in these hospitals are your friends, neighbors and family members, and they depend on healthy community members for the lifesaving blood they need. No other organization provides blood in any of these hospitals.

In addition to helping save lives in your community, you may credit your blood donation to Lincoln Community High School to help in their effort to win a $1,000 scholarship from Springfield Clinic.


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You may donate blood if you are at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed permission slip from parent or guardian), weigh at least 110 pounds, are in good health and have not donated in the past 56 days (eight weeks). There is no upper age limit. You need to eat well before you donate, and you should bring a picture ID or two other forms of ID. If you have never donated blood or if it has been some time since you tried, please come in and try again. Donation guidelines change regularly. As a blood donor, you truly save lives.

Central Illinois Community Blood Center is a community-based blood center whose mission is to provide a safe, adequate and cost-effective blood supply for patients in local hospitals. After local blood needs are met, CICBC can and does share any excess blood with other areas of the country. However, CICBC's prime objective is to make certain there is enough blood for local communities first. Please help save lives in your community by donating blood to your local blood supplier.

For more information, call Kristen Helton at 445-2678.

[CICBC news release]

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