The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, the exclusive blood provider to HSHS Holy Family Hospital and 115 other hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, is experiencing a high rate of cancelled blood drives due to school closings and businesses changing hours in response to COVID-19. To avoid a blood shortage, the MVRBC is asking donors to schedule appointments in the next 8 weeks. Blood collection events are not considered social gatherings, according to Amanda Hess, director of donor and public relations at MVRBC.
There will be a Mississippi Valley Blood Center blood drive Thursday, March 26 from 11:30 AM to 5 PM in the Bradford National Bank Community Room. Another drive will be held in the MVRBC donor bus on the HSHS Holy Family Hospital campus on Thursday, April 2 from 10 AM to 1 PM.
To make an appointment, call 866-448-3253 or visit BloodCenter.org and use sponsor code 60125. Walk-ins are always welcome.
Make sure you have a photo ID with you if you plan to donate.