Donate blood, get Hy-Vee gift card

It was earlier this month when the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center held its annual Media Blood Drive at the Bridge View Center collecting more than 115 units of blood.

If you missed it, youâ??re in luck.

Friday from noon to 3 p.m. at the North Ottumwa Hy-Vee, the hemobile will be on site accepting blood donations.

Not only will you be saving up to three lives but every donor will also receive a $5 Hy-Vee gift card.

â??The need for blood right now right before Labor Day is huge. Actually, in the past week we've had two of our service hospitals have a couple of patients that have really been using our O negative inventories. So especially right before the holiday, we really need to replenish that inventory so we can continue to save lives,â?? said Courtney Jones, Donor Relations Consultant.

In an effort to increase donations due to the increase need during the Labor Day weekend, all donors will receive a free "Save our Summer" T-shirt and if you donate at the blood center you will receive a T-shirt plus be entered intto win a $100 gas gift card

If you are unable to make it to this blood drive and would like to schedule an appointment to donate you can call (641)682-8149 to make an appointment.