PEORIA, Ill. (Oct. 16, 2014) — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a point to give blood before the busy holiday season arrives.
Blood donations often decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day as people become busy with holiday festivities. Donors are needed in the weeks leading up to the winter holidays to help prevent these seasonal declines. Donors of all blood types, and especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed now to help maintain a stable blood supply.
Blood donation appointments can be made through the Red Cross Blood Donor App – a faster, more convenient way to schedule and manage donation appointments, especially for donors on the go. The app also allows users to track donation histories, earn rewards and invite others to join them on a lifesaving team. The app is free and available for download in app stores.
Donors may also visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more about the donation process and to make an appointment.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
11/5/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., West Carroll High School, 500 Cragmoor Drive
11/8/2014: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Prince of Peace Academy Grade School, 312 South 4th Street
11/13/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St John's Vianney Church, 313 S West Street
11/6/2014: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church S Campus Bldg, 302 N. State Street
11/12/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St.
11/10/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Woodhull Alwood High School, 301 East 5th
11/7/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Amboy High School, 11 E. Hawley Street
11/11/2014: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Borg Warner, 1350 Franklin Grove Road
11/5/2014: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Paw Paw High School, 511 Chapman
11/12/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Genesis Medical Center, 409 N. West 9th Ave.
11/14/2014: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Sherrard High School, 4701 176TH
11/3/2014: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Viola Fire Deparment, 1713 13th Street
11/11/2014: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Christ's Family Church, 4601 Utica Ridge Road
11/11/2014: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street
11/3/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Prophetstown High School, 310 Riverside
11/2/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Army National Guard, 716 Sixth Ave
11/5/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St.
11/12/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St.
11/15/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St.
11/13/2014: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tampico United Methodist Church, 202 Lincoln Ave.
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. The Red Cross is supported in part through generous financial donations from the United Way. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.