Red Cross Celebrates National Blood Donor Month
The need is constant: Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer and other diseases, for organ transplant recipients, and to help save the lives of accident victims.
January is National Blood Donor Month and the American Red Cross thanks its committed blood donors for dedicating their time to give hope to patients in need. Throughout the month of January, the American Red Cross is celebrating the contributions of millions of blood donors who give patients hope.
Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been celebrated in an effort to educate Americans about the importance of regular blood donation and the impact it can have on patients in need. Help maintain a stable blood supply by becoming a dedicated donor and encouraging others to give for the first time. Make an appointment today and join the nearly 4 million Red Cross blood donors across the country dedicated to changing lives, one donation at a time.
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 permission 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
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.
Blood Donation Opportunities
1/13/2012, 8:30 am- 2:30 pm, Milledgeville High School, PO Box 609 Hwy 40, Milledgeville
1/8/2012, 8:00 am-12:00 pm, National Guard, 1200 13th Avenue North, Clinton
1/5/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, First United Methodist Church S Campus Bldg, 224 N. State, Geneseo
1/7/2012, 10:00 am- 1:00 pm, YMCA, 315 West 1st St., Kewanee
1/10/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1001 9th Street, Orion
1/11/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St., Kewanee
1/12/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, St John's Vianney Church, 313 S West Street, Cambridge
ROCK ISLAND COUNTY
1/12/2012, 9:00 am- 2:00 pm, Quad City International Airport, 2200 69th Ave., Moline
1/6/2012, 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm, Anytime Fitness, 5260 NW Boulevard, Davenport
1/3/2012, 8:00 am-11:00 am, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton
1/4/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls
1/10/2012, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton
1/11/2012, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls
1/12/2012, 3:00 pm- 8:00 pm, Tampico Fire Department, 103 North Main Street, Tampico