The area blood banks are continuing to see a shortage due to this winter’s extremely cold temperatures. During the month of March the blood banks were unable to replenish their supplies because of the ever present snowstorms and cancelled drives and appointments. It is in part to the continued need by the blood banks that the community is once again being asked for their support by donating blood to help others in the area.
On April 24, the New Lenox Fire Protection District (NLFPD) will once again be hosting a blood drive in conjunction with Lifesource for the Everyday Heroes Blood Drive Campaign. The blood drive will be held at NLFPD Station 1, located at 261 E. Maple Street from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Not only will the donations April 24th touch the lives of those living in the community, but for every donor, Lifesource will be donating back to the Everyday Heroes Program. This program supports firefighters and other servicemen and women seeking higher education. Donors will also receive a coupon for a pint of Culver’s custard.
Anyone interested in giving blood is encouraged to schedule an appointment by calling 815-463-4500; however, walk-ins are also welcome.
If planning to donate, make sure to drink plenty of water, eat well— especially items rich in iron, and bring a form of identification such as a driver’s license, military ID, or birth certificate along with a picture ID. Blood donors must be at least 17 years of age (16-year-olds may donate with written parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. There is no age limit and blood donors are eligible to give blood every 56 days.
Although donating on April 24 at NLFPD Station 1 is preferred, donations supporting the Everyday Heroes campaign will also be accepted at Lifesource’s local donor center in Orland Park. To support this campaign, mention group code 539B.
The primary mission of the New Lenox Fire and Ambulance Protection District is to provide a range of programs designed to protect the lives and property within New Lenox Village and Township from the effects for fires and sudden medical emergencies or exposure to dangerous conditions created by man or nature with professional, compassionate, and quality service.