The Rock River Valley Blood Center and South Beloit Fire Department will host a holiday-themed ‘Battle for Blood’ Blood Drive. The drive will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the South Beloit Fire Department, 429 Gardner St.

There will be three exciting giveaways and drawings for donors including:

  • All blood donors will receive a pint of custard from Culver’s through the Give a Pint, Get a Pint program and a free t-shirt (while supplies last).
  • All donors will be entered into a drawing to win two sets of two movie tickets from Beloit Classic Cinemas.

“We are excited to partner with the South Beloit Fire Department and thankful for the department’s help supporting our local hospitals and those in need of blood,” said Heidi Ognibene, COO at the Rock River Valley Blood Center. “The holiday season is especially challenging for blood collection as people are traveling and have other plans, so we encourage community members to come out and help us stock our shelves and save lives.”

Donating blood is simple. After registering, a donor care specialist will take individual’s vitals (temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and hemoglobin), and each person must complete an eligibility questionnaire before they can sit back and relax while giving. The donation itself only lasts about 10 minutes. Refreshments await after donating.

First-time donors should bring a photo ID. Individuals can donate a single unit (whole blood donation, the most common type) every 56 days. Students can donate once they turn 16 years of age and must have a signed parental consent.

To schedule a donation, click here, call 815-965-8751 or use the myRRVBC app.