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Campus blood drive scheduled Dec. 6

December 2, 2011

Image of blood bagNIU Human Resource Services will host its annual blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 6.

It will be held on the Heartland Blood Centers’ Mobile Coach, which will be located in the HR parking lot at 1515 W. Lincoln Hwy. in DeKalb. The blood drive will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The donation process takes about an hour from start to finish and includes registration, a health history survey, blood pressure and an iron level check. The blood draw itself is approximately seven to nine minutes.

Founded in 1943, Heartland Blood Centers (HBC) is a community blood center open 24 hours a day seven days a week. HBC needs to collect 600 blood products every day to maintain an adequate blood supply at its 38 hospitals in a 12-county region in Illinois and Indiana.

One blood donation can save up to three people since the pint is broken down into three distinct components: plasma, platelets and red blood cells.

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.

Appointments can be made only by scheduling online. Walk-ins are welcome too, but appointments will be taken first. Registration paperwork should be filled out in the Human Resource Services lobby before proceeding to the HBC Mobile Coach.

Donors should remember to bring a photo ID to the drive. Each donor will receive a free pair of Heartland flannel lounge pants in appreciation of their donation.

Call (815) 753-6000 or email [email protected] for more information.