Every three seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood because of illness
or injury. To help meet this need, Great River Health System is hosting
a Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center blood drive from 8 a.m. to
noon Thursday, Feb. 25, in the lobby of Mercy Plaza, 1225 S. Gear Ave.,
The blood center provides all blood and blood components to Great River
Medical Center patients – more than 1,500 blood cell units a year.
More than one-third of the population is eligible to give blood, but less
than 10 percent donate. Donors must be 17 years old (16 with a signed
Parental Consent Form), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.
Photo identification is required to donate. Donors who last gave blood
on or before Dec. 31 are eligible to give at this drive.
Donors may walk in or make an appointment by calling (319) 768-3303. They
also can register online:
- Click Create My Account.
- After logging on, click Donate Blood.
- In Step 1 at the top of the screen, search for Great River Health System.
- Click Feb. 25.
- Click Schedule next to the time you choose.
Scheduling online earns points for gear at Mississippi Valley Regional
Blood Center’s Donor Loyalty Store.
To prepare for donation, eat a snack before donating and drink plenty of
fluids before and after giving blood.
The major reasons patients need blood are cancer, heart and blood vessel
disease, gastrointestinal diseases and emergencies such as car accidents
and burns. There is no substitute for blood; it must come from donors.
Every unit of blood donated can save up to four lives.
The not-for-profit Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center provides all
the blood products used at Great River Medical Center and 86 other hospitals
in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. Based in Davenport, it tests,
processes and distributes more than 250,000 units of blood components
For more information about donating blood, please visit