PEORIA, Ill. (May 15, 2014) —The American Red Cross encourages all eligible donors to choose their day to help save lives by giving blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day.
Every year, on June 14, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The occasion raises awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and thanks voluntary blood donors for their lifesaving gifts of blood.
“World Blood Donor Day comes at a very important time each year,” said Shelly Heiden, community CEO, Heart of America Blood Services Region. “Summer can be a challenging time for blood donations, with fewer donors available to donate blood due to busy summer schedules. World Blood Donor Day gives us an opportunity to highlight the need for blood during the summer months and year-round.”
World Blood Donor Day occurs on day 21 of the Red Cross 100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope. campaign. Heiden added that it’s a perfect time for donors to help save lives and boost the blood supply for patients in need.
To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call
1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
June 4 from 12-6 p.m. at Wild Rose Casino & Resort, 777 Wild Rose Drive in Clinton, Iowa
June 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Alverno, 849 13th Ave. N in Clinton, Iowa
June 11 from 2-6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St. in Kewanee, Ill.
June 12 from 2-6 p.m. at American Legion, 509 N. School St. in Atkinson, Ill.
June 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sauk Valley Community College, 173 IL Route 2 in Dixon, Ill.
June 10 from 1-6 p.m. at St. Patricks Church, 612 Highland in Dixon, Ill.
June 2 from 3-6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 20th and Main St. in Keithsburg, Ill.
June 10 from 2-6 p.m. at New Windsor Presbyterian Church, 4th and Walnut in New Windsor, Ill.
Rock Island County
June 4 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1100 River Drive in Moline, Ill.
June 4 from 2-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.
June 5 from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road in Sterling, Ill.
June 6 from 12-3:30 p.m. at Coventry Living Center Activity Building, 612 W. St. Mary's Road in Sterling, Ill.
June 9 from 7-11 a.m. at Sterling Anchor Coupling Inc, 2910 W. Le Fevre Road in Sterling, Ill.
June 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD #3, 79 Grove St. in Prophetstown, Ill.
June 10 from 1-6 p.m. at Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th St. in Fulton, Ill.
June 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, 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. 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.