Give something that means something – Give blood or host a blood drive
The American Red Cross encourages individuals and organizations to give something that means something this winter by making a lifesaving blood donation or hosting a blood drive.
Blood donations often decline from now to New Year's Day when holiday festivities pull people away from their donation appointments. Seasonal illnesses, such as colds and the flu, can also have a serious impact on blood donations
In addition, there are fewer blood drives during the winter months when many hosting organizations postpone drives while people are traveling for the holidays. Severe winter weather may also cause scheduled blood drives to be canceled.
Despite the busy holiday season and threat of extreme freezing weather, the need for blood remains steady. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more about hosting a blood drive. To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can now use the Blood Donor App to access their donor card and view vital signs from previous donations.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Ford County, Illinois
12/4/2015: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Paxton Buckley-Loda High School, 700 Panther Way
Iroquois County, Illinois
12/10/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christ Lutheran High School, 201 W. Lincoln
12/2/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion, 124 S. Second St.
12/1/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Donovan High School, 600 North St.
Kankakee County, Illinois
12/2/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Riverside Health Fitness Center, 100 Fitness Dr.
12/3/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Dr.
12/4/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd.
12/7/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., GatheringPoint Church, 897 W. Bourbonnais Pkwy.
12/10/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Dr.
12/7/2015: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 225 E. Third
12/9/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 175 S. Main St.
Vermilion County, Illinois
12/7/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Church of God, 535 S. Bowman Ave.
12/8/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., VFW Post 4826, 4th Ave. & W. Orange
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.