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Local blood drive held in Pekin to combat blood shortage

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PEKIN (WEEK) - A blood drive was held in Pekin Saturday to combat a blood shortage in Illinois caused partly by the pandemic.

The drive took place in the Mineral Springs Park Pavilion.

Phlebotomist Derek Johnson with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center said there is always a need for blood.

The company supplies blood donations to Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Iowa.

Johnson said it saves lives for those involved in accidents and unforeseen medical emergencies.

The blood center has a fixed site in Peoria, and Johnson said they run drives like these nearly every day throughout the region.

"We're always in need, especially with what's happened in the world the past year and a half," Johnson said. "Donating blood is just a quick, easy way to make the world a better place and save some lives. We encourage everybody to come out and see us and donate."

Johnson said the center provides blood for the entire OSF Hospital system,
meaning demand is high.

For more information on upcoming drives and how to sign up to donate, visit the company's website at

Andie Bernhardt

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