Need for blood continues during holiday season


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Posted Online: Nov. 16, 2012, 10:21 am
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Press release submitted by American Red Cross


Every day, patients across the country rely on blood and platelets donated through the American Red Cross. While the need is ongoing, the supply isn't — especially around the holidays, when regular donors travel and spend time with family and friends and may forget to schedule an appointment.

The only way to provide lifesaving blood and platelets for patients in need is through the generosity of donors. Donors can help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply this holiday season by making an appointment to donate.

Red Cross blood drives are from Dec. 1-15 for the communities in your area. With your help, we are able to fulfill our mission of helping save lives. Thank you for your continued support by spreading the word about upcoming Red Cross drives.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Clinton County
Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Assumption Catholic Church, 147 Broadway St. in Charlotte, Iowa

Henry County
Dec. 6 from 2-6 p.m. at American Legion, 509 N. School St. in Atkinson, Ill.
Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wethersfield High School Key Club, 439 Willard St. in Kewanee, Ill.
Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kewanee Armory, 111 N. East St. in Kewanee, Ill.
Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kewanee High School, 1211 E. Third St. in Kewanee, Ill.
Dec. 12 from 2-6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St. in Kewanee, Ill.


Mercer County
Dec. 10 from 2-6 p.m. at New Windsor Presbyterian Church, Fourth and Walnut in New Windsor, Ill.

Whiteside County
Dec. 4 from 8-11 a.m. at River Bend Senior Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.
Dec. 5 from 2-6 p.m. at Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. in Rock Falls, Ill.
Dec. 6 from 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road in Sterling, Ill.
Dec. 8 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Church, 703 Third Ave. in Sterling, Ill.
Dec. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD #3, 79 Grove St. in Prophetstown, Ill.
Dec. 11 from 1-5:15 p.m. at River Bend Senior Center, 912 Fourth St. in Fulton, Ill.
Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 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. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

















 



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