Red Cross makes it easy and rewarding to save lives this holiday season

November 29, 2019

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to be the lifeline for patients in need this holiday season by making an appointment to give blood or platelets. While helping to save lives is likely motivation enough, those who come out to give now through Dec. 18 will also receive a $5 Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. Still need reasons to fit lifesaving blood donation into busy holiday schedules? Try these three:
• It’s quick and easy to find a convenient blood drive. Search for drives by ZIP code and make an appointment to donate using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, online at RedCross, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
• Donors can save time by completing a RapidPass®. The entire donation process only takes about an hour, but donors can save time with RapidPass. Pre-donation reading and health history questions can be completed online to save about 15 minutes.
• Donors will get important health information. Donors receive a mini-health screening to help determine eligibility that includes blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin readings. First-time donors will also find out their blood type soon after donating.
As schedules fill with holiday parties, shopping and fun with friends and family, many blood and platelet donors delay giving. Unfortunately, that may lead to delays in treatments for patients relying on blood. Right now, there is a critical need for type O blood donors.
The Red Cross is thanking those who come to give now through Dec. 18 with a $5 Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at Additionally, those who come to give Nov. 27–30 will receive an exclusive long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities are listed below:

Clinton County:
11/27/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 480 North Walnut, Breese.
12/17/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Rose Development Club, 8004 S. First Street, Saint Rose.

Fayette County:
11/26/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Zimmerman’s Greenhouse, 1386 East 1050 Avenue, Vandalia.
11/27/2019: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Fayette County Hospital, 650 West Taylor, Vandalia.
12/12/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Brownstown Elementary School, 421 South College Avenue, Brownstown.
12/16/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Elmo Elementary School, 519 West 2nd Street, Saint Elmo.

Franklin County:
11/25/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., West Frankfort Park District, 1100 East Cleveland, West Frankfort.
12/4/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Franklin Hospital, 201 Bailey Lane, Benton.
12/9/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 506 West Main, Benton.

Jefferson County:
12/2/2019: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Green Tree Assisted Living, 208 Zachary, Mt. Vernon.
12/5/2019: 7 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Crossroads Community Hospital, 8 Doctors Park Road, Mt. Vernon.
12/5/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Crossroads Community Hospital, 8 Doctors Park Road, Mt. Vernon.
12/8/2019: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1133 Main Street, Mt. Vernon.
12/11/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Woodlawn High School, 300 North Central Lane, Woodlawn.
12/13/2019: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Spero Family Services, 2023 Richview Road, Mt. Vernon.

Marion County:
11/26/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 116 E. Schwartz, Salem.
12/4/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Patoka High School, 1220 Kinoka Road, Patoka.
12/6/2019: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Odin Public School, 102 South Merritt Street, Odin.
12/11/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School, 9545 Shattuc Road, Centralia.
12/18/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Building Salem, 416 Oglesby, Salem.

Washington County:
11/27/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ashley Community Building, 660 East Main Street, Ashley.
12/3/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church, 6101 St. Anthony Church Road, Oakdale.
12/16/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Ann School, 675 South Mill Street, Nashville.

To donate blood simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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.