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ERCO hosting blood drive Feb. 8

Donors will receive bottle, jar opener and pedometer

Published: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 6:59 a.m. CST

Grundy County Environmental and Resource Conservation Office (ERCO) will  host a blood drive through Heartland Blood Centers from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb.8, 2013, at the Grundy County Administration Building located at 1320 Union St., Morris.

ERCO will give away to the attendees a plastic fitness bottle made from recycled plastic, a heart-shaped recycled rubber jar opener, and pedometers as a way of saying “thank you” for donations.

Giving blood is good way of giving the “gift of life,” get a mini physical and is one of the most generous acts of giving. The donated blood may be broken into three components as red blood cells, platelets, and plasma, which means that a single donation may help as many as three different patients.

All blood donations will be distributed to 47 hospitals in Illinois and Indiana of which Morris Hospital is included as an affiliated partner.

The donors shall be in good health, be eligible to give under the American Association of Blood Bans and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. All donors shall be at least 17 years of age or if 16 years old provide a written approval from a parent or guardian and weigh 110 pounds or more.

A good meal prior to the donation is recommended and an interval of eight weeks between regular whole blood donations or 16 weeks for a double red cell is required.

In order to sign up for the blood drive, please call either (815) 941-3229 or (815) 941-3214 for Heidi Miller or Karen Campbell, respectfully. At the day of the drive, participants will be registered, a screening and mini-physical will be next, the donation given and then participants will be given juice and light refreshment.

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