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11/29/2017

GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON


(O’Fallon, IL) – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, in conjunction with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC), is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, December 12. The drive will take place on the MVRBC Donor Bus, which will be parked in the parking lot near the Health Center entrance of the hospital, located at 3 St. Elizabeth’s Boulevard, O’Fallon.

Blood Drive Flyer
 
All presenting donors will receive a choice of a long-sleeve LIFESAVER T-Shirt (while supplies last), or a $10 Amazon gift card, or a $5 gift card to Starbucks, Subway or Target.
 
To schedule a donation time call MVRBC at 866-GIVE-BLD (866-448-3253) or log on to www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use Sponsor Code: 10155. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are suggested. A photo ID is required to participate, and it is encouraged that all donors get a good night’s sleep, eat a sustaining meal, and hydrate well before donating.
 
“We have an urgent need for donors right now,” shared Alissa Furhmann, Donor Relations Consultant at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. “Donations drop by 20 percent around the holidays, while the patient need at hospitals remains constant. We invite all eligible blood donors to give the gift of life this holiday season to ensure that we have life-saving blood for patients in need.”
 
A blood donor can give every eight weeks, or up to six times a year. All persons age 17 and up (or 16, with a signed parental permission form) who weigh at least 110 lbs. and are in general good health meet the basic eligibility requirements for blood donation. A full list of donor eligibility guidelines may be found at http://www.bloodcenter.org/donate-blood/donating-blood/donor-eligibility.aspx.

MVRBC is proud to be the provider of blood products and services to 90 hospitals, including St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. As inventory allows, MVRBC also provides additional units to hospitals across the country through a national resource sharing program. 

Media Contacts

Kelly Barbeau
Marketing/Comm. Manager
Phone: 618-234-2120, Ext. 41270
kelly.barbeau@hshs.org
 
Emily Wilson
Marketing Specialist
Phone: 618-234-2120, Ext. 41594
Fax: 618-222-4669
emily.wilson@hshs.org
 
Terriann Tharp
Division Director, Marketing & Communications
Phone: 217-347-1275
terriann.tharp@hshs.org