Refuel the blood supply before you travel

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August 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Before you fuel-up your vehicle in preparation for your Labor Day weekend travels, remember, the gas tank isn’t the only think that needs refueling. The American Red Cross says they typically experience a dip in blood donations before and after the Labor Day holiday weekend, and want to thank eligible donors who help to “refuel” the blood supply in southwestern Iowa. As an extra incentive to roll-up your sleeve, August 29th through September 7th all blood donors in the Midwest Blood Services Region are eligible to win one of three $500 gas cards.

Officials say in addition, you have a chance to win a 2012 Ford Fiesta. Now through September 14th, all presenting blood donors can register for a chance to win the car through Red Cross Racing! Visit redcrossracing.com for more information. All blood types are needed to help maintain a stable blood supply, and there is a special need for types O negative, B negative and A negative. Whether this is your first donation of the summer season, or you’re eligible to give again, officials encourage you to make an appointment today to donate. To donate blood, simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. 

Blood Donation Opportunities in S.W. IA :

CASS COUNTY 9/3/2011, 9:00 am- 1:00 pm, Hy-Vee, 1630 East 7th Street, Atlantic

HARRISON COUNTY 9/7/2011, 8:30 am-12:30 pm, West Harrison High School, 410 Pine Street, Mondamin

POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY

8/29/2011, 12:30 pm- 6:15 pm, Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street, Council Bluffs

8/30/2011, 9:30 am- 3:00 pm, Harrah’s Casino, 1 Harrahs Blvd, Council Bluffs

8/30/2011, 11:00 am- 5:00 pm, Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street, Council Bluffs

9/1/2011, 7:00 am-12:30 pm, Pottawattamie County Courthouse, 227 S. 6th St., Council Bluffs

9/1/2011, 9:00 am- 2:00 pm, AmeriStar Casino, 2200 River Road, Council Bluffs

9/2/2011, 6:30 am-12:30 pm, Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street, Council Bluffs

9/3/2011, 6:30 am-12:00 pm, Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street, Council Bluffs

9/6/2011, 11:00 am- 5:00 pm, Loess Hills Chapter Donation Center, 705 North 16 Street, Council Bluffs

SHELBY COUNTY

9/6/2011, 11:30 am- 5:30 pm, Veteran’s Memorial Building, 1104 Morningview, Harlan