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Two upcoming opportunities to donate blood

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[July 27, 2007]  SPRINGFIELD -- Two Central Illinois Community Blood Center blood drives are scheduled in Lincoln in early August.

On Aug. 6, the Lincoln Masonic Center, located at 2022 N. Kickapoo St. in Lincoln, is hosting a community blood drive from noon until 6 p.m. in support of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. This blood drive is sponsored by Lincoln Christian Church.

On Aug. 8, Faith Lutheran Church, located at 2320 N. Kickapoo St. in Lincoln, is hosting a community blood drive from noon until 5 p.m.

Special thanks to both churches and the Lincoln Masonic Center for helping to save lives in their community.

To schedule an appointment for either blood drive, contact Tara toll-free at 1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253), ext. 56, or sign up online at (Aug. 6 blood drive; Aug. 8 blood drive).

Central Illinois Community Blood Center is the blood supplier to 19 Illinois hospitals, including Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, along with St. John's Hospital and Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Donate blood at any CICBC blood drive and credit your donation to Lincoln Community High School or your favorite participating high school in this year's Springfield Clinic High School Blood Challenge. Until Aug. 20, all donors will be entered into a drawing for an iPod Nano. They can also credit the participating high school of their choice with two points toward next year's high school blood challenge. Just let the registration staff know. The winning school will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to be given to a graduating senior who plans to further their education.

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You can't donate if:

  • You weigh less than 110 pounds.

  • You've had a tattoo in the last year.

  • You've donated within the last 56 days (eight weeks).

  • You're taking an antibiotic for an infection.*

  • You're taking blood thinner.

*Most medications are acceptable, as long as they are regulating the condition for which the medication was prescribed. If you have questions about blood donation and your medication, call a nurse toll-free at 1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253).

You can donate if:

  • You've been free of cancer for five years after treatment completed with no recurrence (except these certain types: leukemia, lymphomas and melanoma).

  • You are 17 years or older (16 years with a signed parental consent form).

  • You are feeling well and healthy.

  • You bring your donor card or your driver's license.

  • You are willing to save the life of an area patient who needs blood.

If you have any questions on blood donations, feel free to call Tara at 1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253).

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

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