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Local hospitals need help restocking blood supply

Upcoming blood drive in Lincoln          Send a link to a friend

[September 07, 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. It takes only an hour to donate blood, but the benefits last a lifetime for someone.

To help ensure an adequate blood supply for area hospitals, Lincoln Rotary is sponsoring a blood drive Monday at the Lincoln Masonic Center, 2022 N. Kickapoo in Lincoln. The hours of the blood drive are noon to 6 p.m. For your convenience, please call Tara toll-free at 1-866-448-3253, ext. 56, to sign up, or schedule an appointment online at Walk-ins are also welcome and truly 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 Community 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 their education.

The 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.

In addition, the CICBC donor room, 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 file received from Central Illinois Community Blood Center]

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