Mercy to Co-­‐sponsor Community Blood Drives in October

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Washington, Mo. – St. John’s Mercy works with area schools, churches, businesses and other organizations to collect life-­‐saving blood products from generous donors. Donations provide life support for patients at St. John’s Mercy. Upcoming events include:

The Pacific Community Blood Drive sponsored by the Meramec Ambulance District. This blood drive will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, at the Meramec Ambulance Building, 429 East Osage Street in Pacific. Walk-­‐ins are welcome or make an appointment at Donateblood.mercy.net.

The Spring Blood Drive at St. John the Baptist – Gildehaus sponsored by the St. John’s Student Council. This blood drive will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, in the Gymnasium at St. John’s the Baptist – Gildehaus, 5579 Gildehaus Road in Villa Ridge.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with permission from a parent or legal guardian. They must be at least 110 pounds and in good health. All donors should allow eight weeks between donations. All presenting donors will receive a free T-­‐shirt.

St. John's Mercy Blood Donor Services is the only mobile, hospital-­‐based, blood collection center in the state of Missouri. Being mobile means bringing services to peoples’ places of business, worship or school. The service allows the hospital to collect life-­‐saving blood supplies from the community, for the community at a portion of the cost.

For information regarding medical eligibility, or if you would like to host a community blood drive at your school, business, organization or place of worship, call 1-­‐866-­‐37DONOR.