The Stephenson/Winnebago County Beef Association and Rock River Valley Blood Center’s Freeport Donor Center are recognizing National Beef Month and will be offering product samples to donors beginning May 1, 2020 and going until supplies are gone. For further information, please contact our Center at 815.232.5663.  The donor center is located at 461 E. South Street in Freeport across from Cimino’s.  Donors will receive a prepackaged beef stick after donating.  Beef is considered a great source of iron and protein and may be recommended to increase red blood cell and iron levels in some people.

The most common reason people can’t donate blood is because of a low hemoglobin, or volume of red blood cells. Beef is a great source of iron, and this is a small way to thank our donors and help promote the Stephenson County Beef Association and Beef Month.

Donating blood is safe and simple.  You are most likely able to donate if you are at least 17 years old (16 year olds may donate with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in general good health.  Persons taking medications are not necessarily disqualified.

The Rock River Valley Blood Center serves as a centralized, community blood center and is the only provider of blood products and services to Beloit Health System, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, FHN, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rochelle Community Hospital, Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hospital —Rockton Avenue, Mercyhealth Javon Bea Hospital —Riverside, SwedishAmerican Health System and SwedishAmerican Medical Center—Belvidere, and SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center.  For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, please call toll free 877-RRVBC-99 or find RRVBC on the web at