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      Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center's Media Blood Drive next Thursday

      The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is hosting its annual media blood drive next Thursday and you could help save up to three lives by donating blood.

      Each year, the media blood drive usually collects between 100 and 120 units of blood. That will be the goal again this year.

      During the summer months, the blood center relies on blood donations.

      â??Donating at the media blood drive is really important because blood donation is usually down in the summer months due to high school and colleges not being in session so we are just really trying to replenish our supply so that we can keep saving lives,â?? said Courtney Jones, Donor Relations Consultant.

      The blood drive will be next Thursday at the Bridge View Center from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. All donors will receive a â??Save our Summerâ?? T-Shirt and there will be free pizza donated by Pizza Hut.

      Jones said for first time donors to not be nervous and that the process is quick and the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center has a great staff that will make you feel very comfortable.