The Rock River Valley Blood Center and B103 will host a virtual blood drive on March 25 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. During the drive, B103 DJs will actively recruit donors on air and on social media with the goal of securing at least 103 people to schedule an appointment to donate blood between March 25 and April 12.
“We are excited to partner with B103 on this unique virtual event,” said Lisa Entrikin, CEO at the Rock River Valley Blood Center. “These types of events and partnerships have been crucial to keeping up demand for blood at our 10 local hospitals during the pandemic, and we are so happy we have been able to continue to meet the need for our local patients.”
Donors can make appointments by calling 815-965-8751 and mentioning the B103 virtual blood drive or by registering online and including B103 in your name. Individuals scheduling an appointment during that timeframe will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a care package of goodies and prizes from local businesses.
“We are honored to work with the Rock River Valley Blood Center on our first virtual blood drive,” said Lisa Tyler, B103 brand manager. “Blood donation is super important, and we are happy we can help fulfil a need for our partners and more importantly our community. We encourage listeners to call, and we are hoping to blow our goal out of the water.”
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.