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Large blood drive Wednesday


Waterloo (KWWL) - Hawkeye Community College is hosting the Third Annual Kimberly Grimm Memorial Blood Drive on Wednesday, February 18, in the Tama Hall Lobby at 1501 E. Orange Road, Waterloo.  The drive is held each year on the college campus to honor Grimm, who suffered from a rare blood disease called Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (TTP).  She was an advocate for blood donors and was 33 years old when she passed away.  The drive will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  It is very easy to schedule an appointment online at  If you need help, please call Beth Sindt at Hawkeye at 319-296-4424. 

This invitation is also extended to give people a chance to become donors who have never before donated.  Every blood donor earns points for their blood donation to spend on various incentive items.  Eligible donors must be at least 16 years of age, be in general good health, and weigh at least 120 pounds.  Frequently asked questions can be found online at: or by calling 1-800-287-4903.

February is often a difficult month for blood collections for many reasons, including poor weather conditions and an increase in illness during the cold and flu season. Because a reduction in the number of eligible donors can put the supply of blood and blood products at a critically low level, The Blood Center of Iowa is offering blood donors the chance to earn extra rewards by giving blood - double points to spend at the Online Store during the Hawkeye Drive! The Blood Center's Online Store, found at features a wide variety of practical gifts and clothing items for blood donors.  In the month of February, all donors will earn extra points for their donations.   

This drive is sponsored by two student organizations at Hawkeye:  IAAP (the International Association of Administrative Professionals) and Student Senate.


Online Producer: Maria Magner

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