Blood Donation Opportunities

Lifestyle
January 7, 2019

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Jan 2, 2019) — The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelets by resolving to give blood this January – National Blood Donor Month.

Donating blood or platelets is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year for patients like Judy Janssen, who was diagnosed with end-stage autoimmune liver disease in 2016. Janssen received frequent blood transfusions – sometimes multiple times a week – until she underwent a liver transplant last January.

“Blood donors make a really big difference with very little effort,” said Janssen, who received dozens of transfusions before and during her transplant surgery. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for blood donations.”

The critical role of blood and platelet donors has been celebrated each January for nearly 50 years during National Blood Donor Month, which coincides with one of the most difficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients. Busy holiday schedules, extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout this time of year.

The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to resolve to give blood or platelets regularly, beginning in January. To encourage donations immediately, all those who come to donate by Jan. 6 will get a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong in the new year is to host a Red Cross blood drive. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 2-31

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Clinton County:

Aviston
1/7/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Aviston Elementary School, 350 South Hull Street

Beckemeyer
1/22/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 391 Louis Street

Breese
1/23/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 480 North Walnut

Carlyle
1/24/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Marys Parish Center, 1171 Jefferson Street

Hoffman
1/28/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hoffman Village Hall, 110 East Park Avenue

New Baden
1/21/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 105 East Illinois Street


Fayette County:

Brownstown
1/2/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Brownstown Elementary School, 421 South College Avenue

Farina
1/14/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 301 West Madison Street

Ramsey
1/24/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, RR 51

Vandalia
1/15/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Vandalia Moose Lodge, 328 South 3rd Street
1/18/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Fayette County Hospital, 650 West Taylor
1/22/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Zimmerman’s Greenhouse, 1386 East 1050 Avenue


Franklin County:

Sesser
1/17/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Jesus Center, 212 West Callie Street

West Frankfort
1/17/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Paul Lutheran Church, 1 West Frankfort Plaza
1/28/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Frankfort Intermediate School, 800 North Cherry

Zeigler
1/25/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Zeigler Royalton High School, 4989 State Highway 148 North


Jefferson County:

Belle Rive
1/3/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church, 401 South Main Street

Bluford
1/30/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bluford Elementary School, 907 West 6th Street

Dix
1/2/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dix Community Center, 217 North Main

Ina
1/14/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Free Will Baptist Church, 3rd and Elm Street

Mount Vernon
1/2/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Health Care Center, 5 Doctors Park Rd.
1/3/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church, 4212 Broadway
1/4/2019: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., Meadowbrook Christian Church, 840 Meadowbrook Lane
1/9/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Rolland Lewis Community Building, South 27th Street
1/17/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Central Christian Church, 314 North 12th Street
1/29/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Medline Industries, 210 North 10th Street
1/31/2019: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mount Vernon High School, 11101 North Wells ByPass


Marion County:

Centralia
1/16/2019: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Calumet Christian Church, 2240 East Calumet Street
1/20/2019: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., St Marys School, 424 East Broadway
1/22/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Rock Church, 515 Airport Road
1/23/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Jordan Elementary, 311 Airport Road
1/26/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fouts Christian Church, 1629 East Dix-Irvington Road
1/30/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., VFW Centralia, 1827 S Pine

Kinmundy
1/15/2019: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., South Central Middle School, 503 South Madison

Odin
1/7/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 110 Perkins Street

Raccoon
1/16/2019: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Raccoon Elementary School, 3601 State Route 161

Salem
1/13/2019: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., St Theresa of Avila Catholic Church, 812 West Main
1/19/2019: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wal-Mart, 1870 West Main Street
1/28/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Salem Township Hospital, 1201 Ricker Drive
1/31/2019: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Kaskaskia College-Salem Education Center, 1475 West Whittaker

Sandoval
1/21/2019: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 101 E. Missouri


Washington County:

Ashley
1/29/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ashley Community Building, 660 East Main Street

Nashville
1/15/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Washington County Hospital-Nashville, 705 South Grand

Okawville
1/16/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Barbara Parish, 305 North Front Street, PO Box 106

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.