The Rock River Valley Blood Center and 102.3 The Coyote will host the 12th Annual Vein Drain Blood Drive on Oct. 26 from noon to 6 p.m. at Holcomb Bank, 233 E. Illinois Route 38, Rochelle. Donors can make appointments online at, by calling 815-965-8751 or using the myRRVBC app. Walk-ins will also be welcome.

“We are excited to partner with 102.3 The Coyote again for this annual drive,” said Lisa Entrikin, CEO at the Rock River Valley Blood Center. “We rely on great partnerships like this to provide blood to the 13 regional hospitals we support including Rochelle Community Hospital. We are grateful for the life-saving impact this event makes in the community.”

The first 150 donors will receive a t-shirt and all donors will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the Oak Ridge Boys concert at the Egyptian Theatre on Oct. 30, a pair of passes to The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and four free McDonalds Value Meals.

“We are excited to be partnering with our friends at the Rock River Valley Blood Center for another Vein Drain blood drive,” said Kris Wexell, program director at 102.3 The Coyote. “The whole community comes together to make this effort a huge success each October, and The Coyote is grateful to make an impact for those who need it.”

Donating blood is simple, and one unit can save up to three lives. After registering, a donor care specialist will take your vitals (temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin), you’ll complete an eligibility questionnaire, and then sit back and relax while you give. The donation itself only lasts about 10 minutes. Refreshments await after you’re done donating.

If you’re a first-time donor, please bring a photo ID. Individuals can donate a single unit (whole blood donation, the most common type) every 56 days.