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October 23, 2014, 4:23 am
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Blood Bank Seeks Donations, While Food Bank Gets A Major One

The call is going out for blood donors… as local officials face an all-too-common summer problem. 


Vacations and other activities mean that blood donations are down… while holiday travel may increase the risk of accidents that would create a greater demand for blood.  The Central Illinois Community Blood Center says there is a particular need for type O-negative, which can be given to patients in need of any blood type.


Meanwhile,  the Central Illinois Foodbank is starting the second half of the year with a big infusion of food and funds.  Horace Mann Insurance has donated more than $9,000 in cash… in addition to the food raised during a two-week food drive among company employees. 


The total effort is equivalent to more than 74,000 pounds of food… a record amount for the annual Horace Mann drive.  The food will help stock shelters and pantries across Central Illinois.

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