February Blood Drives

February 7, 2014

Give Blood and Help Save Lives

Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. It’s the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.

Chris was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him recover.

Type O negative blood is especially needed right now. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to patients with any type. To make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients in need, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Clinton County
Feb. 24 from 3-7 p.m. at Albers Elementary, 206 N. Broadway in Albers, Ill. Feb. 25 from 2-7 p.m. at American Legion Hall, 1105 Sycamore in Germantown, Ill. Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carlyle High School, 1461 12th St. in Carlyle, Ill.

Marion County
Feb. 19 from 12-6 p.m. at Community Building, Oglesby and Hamilton in Salem, Ill.
Feb. 20 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at Centralia Junior High School, 900 S. Pine in Centralia, Ill.
Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Centralia Elks Lodge, 235 N. Locust St. in Centralia, Ill.
Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kaskaskia College, Shattuc Road in Centralia, Ill.
Feb. 28 from 3-7 p.m. at Selmaville Elementary/Junior High School, 3185 Selmaville Road in Salem, Ill.

Jefferson County
Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Medical Plaza, 2 Good Samaritan Way in Mount Vernon, Ill.

How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.

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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.