ROCHELLE – The Rock River Valley Blood Center and 102.3 the Coyote hosted its 10th Annual Vein Drain Blood Drive at Central Bank Tuesday afternoon.
The annual blood drive is usually held at the Rochelle Police Department but was moved to Central Bank this year due to the construction going on at city hall as well as its location directly next to the 102.3 Coyote studio. The blood drive was held from noon to 6 p.m., and after the first two hours organizers say that the turnout this year was good so far.
“This year we have had a very good turnout, this morning when we started we had 30 people on the schedule and have had 21 of them go through so far,” said Allysa Eller, donor recruiter. “So, we will be seeing the rest of those 30 along with expecting some walk-ins.”
By the end of the drive they collected 56 units of blood which will be used to save up to 168 lives. They also had five new donors participate in the event.
Drives such as this are important because there is a constant need for blood to be used for surgeries, traumas, cancer patients and even in neonatal care. Hospitals reach out to blood centers when in need of blood and the centers supply them with what they can.
Currently, the Rock River Valley Blood Center serves 10 different hospitals including a few in the area.
“We have contracts with the different hospitals and we send out the blood to them. Currently the hospitals in the area that we serve are Rochelle Community Hospital, as well as all of the Rockford hospitals,” said Eller.
The Rock River Blood Center hosts both public and private blood drives at different locations throughout the community. They hosted a drive at Rochelle Township High School on Thursday and the next public drive scheduled in Rochelle will be at the Rochelle Community Hospital in December.