Great River Health Systems to host blood drive Nov. 23

Someone in the U.S. needs blood every other second. Although nearly 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent do. There is a greater need for blood during the holidays because traumatic accidents increase while donations decrease.

Great River Health is hosting a “Give Thanks, Give Blood” drive from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the lobby of Mercy Plaza, 1225 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington.

Donors must be 17 years old (16 with a signed Parental Consent Form), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Photo identification or a blood center donor card is required to donate. Donors who last gave blood on or before Sept. 28 are eligible to give at this drive.

Donors may walk in or make an appointment by calling (319) 768-3303. They also can register online:

  • Visit
  • Click Create My Account.
  • After logging on, click Donate Blood.
  • In Step 1 at the top of the screen, search for Great River Medical Center.
  • Click Nov. 23.
  • Click Schedule next to the time you choose.

Scheduling online earns points for gear at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center’s Donor Loyalty Store.

To prepare for donation, eat a snack before donating and drink plenty of fluids before and after giving blood.

The major reasons patients need blood are cancer, heart and blood vessel disease, gastrointestinal diseases and emergencies such as car accidents and burns. There is no substitute for blood; it must come from donors. Every unit of blood donated can save up to four lives.

The not-for-profit Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center provides all the blood products used at Great River Medical Center and 86 other hospitals in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. Based in Davenport, it tests, processes and distributes more than 250,000 units of blood components each year.

For more information about donating blood, please visit