Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends

August 16, 2019

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Aug. 13, 2019) — With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.

With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give July 29 through Aug. 29 with a $5 Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 13-31


Clinton County:

8/21/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Albers Elementary, 206 North Broadway

8/22/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., St Rose School, 18004 St Rose Road

8/27/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 1105 Sycamore

8/20/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., West Gate Baptist Church, 843 West Broadway

Fayette County:

Saint Elmo
8/19/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Mary Church Hall, Route 40
8/28/2019: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Pinnacle Foods, 1000 Brewbaker Drive

8/22/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., YMCA-Vandalia, 710 Rock Island Ave

Franklin County:

8/29/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 506 West Main

8/15/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Jesus Center, 212 West Callie Street

Jefferson County:

8/26/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Rend Lake College, 468 North Kengray Parkway
8/27/2019: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Rend Lake College, 468 North Kengray Parkway

Mount Vernon
8/14/2019: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Tri County Electric & IL Power, 3906 W. Broadway
8/15/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Central Christian Church, 314 North 12th Street
8/29/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Rolland Lewis Community Building, South 27th Street

8/22/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Donoho Prairie Christian Church, 7405 Exchange Road

Marion County:

8/23/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St Marys School, 424 East Broadway
8/24/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Centralia Elks Lodge, 235 North Locust Street

8/22/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Kell Fire Department, 201 3rd St

8/14/2019: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., American Legion Post 543, North Washington

8/21/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Building Salem, 416 Oglesby

How 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.

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 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% 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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.