Sign up for Heartland blood drive in August

Heartland Blood Centers, an independent medical organization serving 57 hospitals in a 12-county region in Illinois and Indiana, asks all healthy individuals to “roll up their sleeves” and give blood in Aug..

The need for blood is constant, especially in the summer months, when eligible donors have even less time in their busy schedules to give.

“Summertime is historically the time of year when blood centers across the country struggle with their blood inventory levels. We are no exception,” said Dennis Mestrich, CEO and president with Heartland Blood Centers. “Holidays, vacations, weddings and other celebrations keep many regular donors from giving blood in the summer months. This compounds our challenge to collect the blood needed to maintain safe and adequate blood inventories.”

As a thank-you gift, blood donors will receive a $5 Subway gift card when they donate at any Heartland Blood Centers mobile or center location in Aug..

For a list of donation locations, visit www.heartlandbc.org for a Heartland center or community blood drive near you.

Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site, including information about their temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin level.

To be a blood donor, individuals must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with written parental permission; weigh at least 110 pounds; be symptom free of cold, flu and allergies; and be in general good health. Donors who have traveled outside the United States within the past 12 months should contact Heartland at 1-800-7TO-GIVE to determine eligibility.

Make an appointment for one of the following blood drives at www.heartlandbc.org (walk-ins usually welcome, too):

LISLE

9:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 28 at Hines G S Properties-Westwood of Lisle: 2443 Warrenville Road, Suite 110

NAPERVILLE

Noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 6 at Edward Hospital: 801 S. Washington St. Call Tish Eller at 630-527-3189.

8 a.m. to noon Aug. 9 at city of Naperville: 400 S. Eagle St. Call Kelly at 630-536-4780.

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at La Jolla Point: 1754 N. Washington St. Call Kelly at 630-536-4780.

8:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 13 at ISP Painting Inc.: 4003 Plainfield-Naperville Road, Suite 203. Call 630-696-4604.

3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Knox Presbyterian Church: 1105 Catalpa Ave. Call Neil Goltermann at 630-750-5863.

7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 23 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church: 1313 N. Mill St. Email blooddrive@sttimothylutheran.com.

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