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Heartland schedules February blood drives

Heartland Blood Centers is asking for immediate blood donations, as bad weather across the area continues to negatively impact the blood supply. 

According to Heartland Blood Centers CEO Dennis Mestrich, approximately 2,000 units of blood have been lost in January due to the severe temperatures and an increase in illness- related cancellations. Included in this number was the cancellation of some 21 mobile blood drives. 

To meet the needs of the 49 hospitals served by Heartland Blood Centers, almost 600 units of blood are needed every day. In order to rebuild the blood inventories that have been so greatly impacted by the adverse conditions, Heatland is pleading for healthy community members to reschedule their cancelled appointments and all other eligible blood donors to make an appointment as soon as possible.

Heartland Blood Centers of DeKalb will hold the following blood drives in February:

Feb. 5: Sycamore High School, 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.

Feb. 11: NIU Black Initiative, Chick Evans Field House, Red and Blue Court, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Feb. 17: Alpha Phi Omega, NIU’s Douglas Hall, C/D Cafeteria, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Feb. 17: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 511 Russell Road, DeKalb, Fellowship Hall, 3 to 7 p.m.

Feb. 19: Bethany Animal Hospital, 2400 Bethany Road, Sycamore, in the Mobile Coach, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 20: NIU New Residence Hall, 1775 Lincoln Ave., Swing Space, 1 to 5 p.m.

Feb. 20: Prairie Crossing A Supportive Living Community, 407 W. Comanche Ave., Shabbona, in the Mobile Coach, 2:30 to 7 p.m.

Feb. 22: Welcome Café and Community Kitchen, UUFD, 158 N. Fourth St., DeKalb, in the Mobile Coach, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 23: St. Catherine Church, 340 S. Stott St., Genoa, in the church basement, 8 a.m. to noon.

Feb. 27: NIU University Plaza, 900 Crane Drive, in the lobby, 3 to 7 p.m.

For information or a full schedule of blooddrives in the area, visit _city.html.      

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