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Second Annual Blood Drive in Honor City Councilman George Jacob

Heart of America

June 3, 2011
 

George Jacob has served the people in our community as a Peoria City Councilman since 2005. He is known for his dedication to the city, his job, his church and, most importantly, his family and friends. It has been a year since his accident in which he suffered several serious injuries. 

As part of his initial treatment, George received blood transfusions.  Last year, his friends, co-workers, city officials/employees and the citizens of Peoria gave blood in his honor. This is the second year in a row that the Brewer’s Distributing family has hosted an open to the public blood drive. On Wednesday, June 8 donors at Brewer’s Distributing can roll up their sleeves to help patients like George.

All presenting donors, over the age of 21,  will be automatically entered in the ‘Good to Give. Good to Go. summer promotion and eligible to win a trip for four to Orlando, Florida.

Donors with type O negative blood are especially encouraged to schedule an appointment. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.

2nd Annual Blood Drive in Honor of City Councilman George Jacob

Wednesday, June 8 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Brewer’s Distributing Company

2421 West Townline Road, Peoria

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.