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Blood centers suggest donating blood on Valentine’s Day

DeKALB – The Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers needs blood during the dry months of winter and flu season and they suggest Valentine’s Day is a good day to donate.

People need blood every two seconds, according to a news release from the Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers. The blood is need for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, blood disorders, such as anemia and sickle cell disease, and traumatic injuries.

The coalition also states donated blood has a shelf life of 42 days. The coalition asks for people age 17 and older – 16 with parental permission – who have good health and who weigh at least 110 pounds to donate blood.

The donation process consists of a health screening, 10 to 15 minutes of time to donate and a snack.

Those who wish to find a blood donor center are asked to go to www.americasblood.org. Prospective donors can enter their ZIP code and find the nearest blood donor center, as well as can schedule an appointment.

Those who are ineligible to donate blood are asked to spend their time to help coordinate a local blood drive or volunteer at their local blood center.

For information, contact Margaret Vaughn at 217-280-0206 or mvaughn@springnet1.com.

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