From the New Lenox Fire Protection District:
Due to the extremely cold temperatures, many blood donation sites have seen less traffic and some drives have been forced to cancel. This severe shortage in donations has begun to show itself in the area’s blood banks.
To make matters worse, the recent harsh weather increases the likelihood of motor vehicle accidents, making the blood supply even more vital.
To offset this trend, the New Lenox Fire Protection District will host a Feb. 4 blood drive in conjunction with Lifesource for the Everyday Heroes campaign. The blood drive will be held at fire station 1, 261 E. Maple St., from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Not only will the blood donations touch the lives of those in the community, but Lifesource will be donating back to the Everyday Heroes Program for every donor. The program supports firefighters and other servicemen and women seeking higher education. Donors will also receive a coupon for a pint of Culver’s custard as well as a free tote bag.
Anyone interested in giving blood can schedule an appointment by calling 815-463-4500. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Donors should 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. Sixteen-year-olds may donate with written parental consent, otherwise donors must be 17. Donors have to 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.