Rock River Valley Blood Center Prepares For Memorial Day Donation Needs

The Rock River Valley Blood Center today launched its myRRVBC app, which can help donors manage appointments, find blood drives, and track donations and health stats.

The myRRVBC app makes it easier for individuals to save lives while managing a busy schedule. Donors can schedule, cancel, or reschedule appointments, search for blood drives, and keep track of personal information, including health stats (pulse, temperature and blood pressure), number of donations, and eligibility.

The app can be downloaded from the Apple App store or Google Play Store.

Memorial Day weekend is typically the official kickoff to summer, and blood donations start to decrease because of vacations and travel. Even with shelter-in-place restrictions still in place, the local blood supply is low, and blood is needed as regular activities resume. The app is being rolled out just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, making scheduling an appointment that much easier.

Donors can make appointments through the myRRVBC app, online at rrvbc.org, or by calling 815-965-8751.

The blood center needs to see 700 donors per week as the only provider of blood products and services to 10 regional hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin.

If you’re a first-time donor, please bring a photo ID. You can donate whole blood every 56 days.

About Rock River Valley Blood Center
The Rock River Valley Blood Center is your community blood center and is the only provider of blood products and services to Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital-Rockton, Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital-Riverside, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, SwedishAmerican Hospital, SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center, SwedishAmerican Medical Center-Belvidere, Beloit Health System, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services, FHN-Freeport and Rochelle Community Hospital. The center has four convenient donor centers in Rockford, Belvidere and Freeport and the ability to support up to three mobile drives a day. The Rock River Valley Blood Center ensures that the right blood type is available at the right time for local patients whose lives may depend on it. Patients and their families rely on individuals to provide life-giving red blood cells, plasma, and platelets through blood donation.