Give Thanks By Giving Blood This Holiday

Lifestyle
November 11, 2014

The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood to help ensure sufficient blood supplies are available for patients this holiday season.

Blood donations often decline during the holidays when donors get busy with travel and family gatherings, but the need for blood remains steady. Someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.

Eligible donors with all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As extra encouragement to donate blood during the busiest time of November for many people, presenting blood donors from Nov. 26 through Nov. 30 will receive a limited-edition Red Cross potholder stuffed with unique celebrity chef recipes, while supplies last. Thanksgiving recipes are courtesy of Mario Batali, Rocco DiSpirito, Alex Guarnaschelli and Mike Isabella.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Clinton County

Aviston
11/17/2014: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 601 S.Clinton St.

Beckemeyer
11/18/2014: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 391 Louis St.

Breese
11/26/2014: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 575 N. Main St.

Carlyle
11/19/2014: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., VFW Hall, 1250 Franklin


Fayette County

Ramsey
11/20/2014: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ramsey Grade School, 610 W 6th Street

Vandalia
11/18/2014: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Vandalia Moose Lodge, 328 S. 3rd St.


Franklin County

West Frankfort
11/20/2014: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Paul Lutheran Church, 1 West Frankfort Plaza


Jefferson County

Bluford
11/24/2014: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Webber Township High School, S. Main


Marion County

Centralia
11/20/2014: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Centralia American Legion Hall, 117 S. Poplar
11/25/2014: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Centralia Elks Lodge, 235 N. Locust St.

Salem
11/16/2014: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St Theresa of Avila Catholic Church, 812 West Main

Sandoval
11/21/2014: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sandoval High School, 859 W Missouri Street


Washington County

Okawville
11/25/2014: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., St Barbara Parish, 305 N Front St,


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 (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.