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Area blood drives to be held

GRUNDY COUNTY – Heartland Blood Centers serves 57 hospitals in a 12-county region in Illinois and Indiana and is asking all healthy individuals to “roll up their sleeves” and give blood in August.

The need for blood is constant, especially in the summer months, when eligible donors have even less time in their busy schedules to give. If you have not yet made your summertime blood donation, you are urged to do so this month, according to a news release from Heartland.

Blood donors will receive a $5 Subway gift card when they donate at any Heartland Blood Center’s mobile or center location in August. Some blood drive or center locations may have an alternative gift to give. Bring a photo identification and eat a good meal before donating.

Area donation drives:

Morris – 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Morris VFW, 309 McKinley St., Morris. Sign up online at www.heartlandbc.org or call Julie at 815-436-0154 to reserve your preferred donation time. Walk-ins welcome.

Coal City – 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 14 at Assumption Parish, 245 S. Kankakee St., Coal City. Call Bill at 815-671-7665 to sign up or visit www.heartlandbc.org.

Braceville – 8 a.m. to noon on Aug. 9 at Braceville Fire Department, 102 W. Main St., Braceville. Sign up online at www.heartlandbc.org or call Julie at 815-436-0154 to reserve your preferred donation time. Walk-ins welcome; appointments appreciated.

Dwight – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 15 at Heritage Health, 300 E. Mazon Ave., Dwight. Call Brenda at 815-584-1240 to reserve your preferred donation time. Walk-ins also welcome.

Newark – 1:45 to 6:45 p.m. Aug. 27 at Newark Community High School District, 413 Chicago Road, Newark. Call Wendy at 815-695-9429 to reserve your preferred donation time. Students, sign up at school. Bring a photo identification with proof of eligible age; 16-year-olds, must also bring a Heartland permission slip signed in black ink by a parent or guardian.

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