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|Blood Donation May Equal Money for Bills
|Lately, the economy has made many Galesburg residents feel like they are in a boxing ring. Whether it was a gut-wrenching drop in retirement funds or a lay-off that felt like a sucker-punch, folks in central Illinois have been hit by the economic downturn. Now, the American Red Cross is helping give people a chance to hit back during the "Beat Back Your Bills" promotion.
Presenting donors at select blood drives can enter to win a $150 Visa gift card that will help soften the economy's punches to their pocketbooks.
"The economic downturn has some people feeling a bit helpless," said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Blood Services Region. "We can't flip a switch and make the economy turn around, but giving blood is a simple and free way for people to give back to their community."
Presenting donors at the drives below can enter to win a $150 Visa gift card. After the final drive listed, one winner will be chosen to receive the gift card.
Upcoming "Beat Back Your Bills" Blood Donation Opportunities
Western Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross
143 E. Main St., Galesburg, Ill. 61401
Tuesday, August 4, from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 11, from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 15, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 18, from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 25, from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form where state permits, must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health.
|08 01 09 by Newsroom
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