Organizers also note the time change for Monday’s drive

The Delavan Darien Red Cross will hold a blood drive Monday March 23, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Delavan from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., which is a change in the time, according to organizers.

Potential donors need a donor card, driver’s license or other government-issued ID and to feel well the day of your donation. They must also know the name of the medications they are currently taking or have taken in the last month.

Other guidelines include being at least 17 years of age (16 years old with parental consent in some states) and weighing at least 110 lbs. to donate.

Donors who had cancer must be assessed to determine eligibility and individuals cannot donate if they’ve blood cancers such as leukemia or lymphoma.

Generally, there is a 12-month deferral after the diagnosis, last treatment or surgery for other types of cancer, including melanoma. Individuals who have had non-melanoma skin cancers removed are eligible when the site is treated and healed and no other treatment is required.

It’s important to note people can donate after all symptoms of a cold or flu have subsided.

“You may donate if you have minor symptoms such all allergies, dry cough, runny nose, minor aches and pains,” said Kathleen Murry, coordinator. “(But) you must feel well enough to donate.”



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