Coralville Opens New Blood Center

By Chris Earl, Reporter

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CORALVILLE, Iowa - Each December, a focus of giving centers on food or even places to stay for people who are struggling. But there's usually a high need for blood at this time of year as well. The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center says donation rates go down about 20% this month.

Thursday brought the grand opening of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center's Coralville location. It's on 2nd Avenue along the Strip at the Clock Tower Plaza. Leaders hope this facility offers more visibility from the previous location in Iowa City.

"Busy streets nearby and lots of other retail nearby that draws people to the area. People think, 'I've got a little time and I'll help the community while I am over here as well," Donna Sullivan, Mississippi Blood Center Tech, said.

Sullivan said frequent donors often return every 56 days to offer what inside of them.

"We can never have too many blood donors. Word of mouth is a big thing. They can have a good experience here in the new Coralville center and they'll tell their friends and family," she said.

The entire process of donating blood takes about one hour. The new Coralville location is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and in the mornings on Saturday.

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