The City of Evanston will be holding a Blood Drive Monday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, PARASOL ROOM (Located on the 4th Floor), 2100 Ridge Ave.

There is no substitute for human blood. In Illinois, the blood supply system is entirely dependent on volunteer donors. Over 4,000 pints are used by hospital patients in this area every week! Some things to keep in mind: 60% of the population is medically eligible to give blood, yet only 5% of the national population donates blood; if all blood donors gave two to four times a year, it would help prevent blood shortages; 4.5 million Americans would die each year without life saving blood transfusions; every three seconds someone needs blood; and only about three gallons of blood support the entire nation’s blood needs for one minute.

Save three lives. Please schedule an appointment today.

Call Mayda Figueroa with the City’s Health Depatment for an appointment at 847/866-2949 or e-mail mfigueroa@cityofevanston.org.

You are eligible to donate blood if you ….

• Weigh at least 110 pounds.

• Are in good physical health.

• Are at least 17 years old (there is no upper age limit).

• Have not given blood in the past eight weeks (56 days).

You are not eligible to donate blood if you ….

• Have had hepatitis (not including childhood exposure).

• Are pregnant.

• Have ever tested positive for HIV, have engaged in high risk behavior, or have had intimate contact with anyone at risk for AIDS.

• Have Babesiosis or Chagas Disease.

You may be temporarily ineligible to donate if you …

• Have the flu, a sore throat or fever.

• Are taking antibiotics for an infection.

• Received a tattoo, had your ears or another body part pierced, or experienced an accidental “needle stick” injury in the past 12 months.

• Have had heart problems.

• Received a blood transfusion in the past 12 months.

• Have been recently vaccinated (time of deferral varies). Flu shots do not disqualify you from donating.

• Have had a history of cancer (other than skin cancer).

• Lived in or traveled to a malaria area.

• Have recently had a sexually transmitted disease or mononucleosis.

Before donating…

• Maintain a healthy iron level in your diet by eating iron rich foods, such as spinach, red meat, fish, poultry, beans, iron-fortified cereals and raisins.

• Get a good night’s sleep.

• Drink an extra 16 oz. of water and fluids before the donation.

• Eat a healthy meal before your donation. Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream