St. Christopher to host blood drive


VANDALIA – St. Christopher Church in Vandalia will host a blood drive Monday, July 6 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Emmaus Room, 435 East National Road. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Donor Surf Co.” surfboard t-shirt and everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center (CBC) “Get on Board – Give Blood Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win an expense-paid deluxe Hawaii vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The grand prize includes air travel and deluxe accommodations for eight nights at two island locations. All taxes, fees and meals are included. The vacation package also includes pre-paid activities and sight-seeing excursions, plus all ground transportation.

Everyone age 18 and older who registers to donate with CBC from May 4 through Aug. 28 will be automatically entered in the “Get on Board – Give Blood Summer Blood Drive” drawing. REACH magazine is the media sponsor and The Flowerman is the fresh flower sponsor. Eligible donors can enter the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period. Official rules are available at www.givingblood.org.

Anyone who registers to donate Monday, June 15 through Saturday, July 25 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives will receive CBC’s second special-edition, Hawaiian surf board design t-shirt of the summer. The “Donor Surf Co.” t-shirt is bright blue with a colorful surfboard and island floral design, plus the CBC blood drop and the slogan “Drop In, Lei Back, & Donate.”

Maintaining the blood supply can be challenging during the July 4th holiday period and the summer months in general due to vacation travel and other changes in schedules. If you have to miss an appointment, CBC encourages you to reschedule when you are able. We especially encourage the continued support of type O whole blood donors and type A/B platelet and plasma donors.