Give the gift of life with WCIA 3 News the week of December 28th in memory of WCIA’s Dave Benton and Robert Reese. This blood drive will be held at multiple locations, so check below to find one near you! Appointments are required. Click below to schedule yours, or text WCIA to 999777

Monday, December 28th, 2020

Effingham Event Center
1:00 pm – 06:00 pm
1501 W. Fayette Ave.
Banquet Room
Effingham, IL 62401
Make an appointment

Urbana Donor Center
7:30 am – 4:00 pm
1408 West University Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Make an appointment

Springfield Donor Center
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
1999 West Wabash Avenue
Springfield, IL 62704
Make an appointment

Danville Donor Center
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
300 E Liberty Lane
Danville, IL 61832
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Mattoon-Coles Donor Center
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
700 Broadway Avenue East – Suite 36
Cross County Mall
Mattoon, IL 61938
Make an appointment


Wednesday, December 30th

Market Place Plaza
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
1901 N Market Street – T6
Former Dressbarn
Champaign, IL 61822
Make an appointment

Urbana Donor Center
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
1408 West University Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Make an appointment

Springfield Donor Center
7:00 am – 6:00 pm
1999 West Wabash Avenue
Springfield, IL 62704
Make an appointment

Danville Donor Center
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
300 E Liberty Lane
Danville, IL 61832
Make an appointment

Mattoon-Coles Donor Center
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
700 Broadway Avenue East – Suite 36
Cross County Mall Mattoon, IL 61938
Make an appointment


Friday, January 1st, 2021

Springfield Donor Center
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
1999 West Wabash Avenue
Springfield, IL 62704
Make an appointment


Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

Knights of Columbus #577
11:00 am – 06:00 pm
520 E North Street
Knights of Columbus Hall
Decatur, IL 62523
Make an appointment

Urbana Donor Center
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
1408 West University Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Make an appointment

Springfield Donor Center
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
1999 West Wabash Avenue
Springfield, IL 62704
Make an appointment

Danville Donor Center
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
300 E Liberty Lane
Danville, IL 61832
Make an appointment


Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Urbana Donor Center
9:00 am – 6:00 pm
1408 West University Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Make an appointment

Springfield Donor Center
7:00 am – 6:00 pm
1999 West Wabash Avenue
Springfield, IL 62704
Make an appointment

Danville Donor Center
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
300 E Liberty Lane
Danville, IL 61832
Make an appointment


Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

Urbana Donor Center
7:30 am – 2:00 pm
1408 West University Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Make an appointment

Springfield Donor Center
7:00 am – 12:00 pm
1999 West Wabash Avenue
Springfield, IL 62704
Make an appointment

Danville Donor Center
7:30 am – 11:30 am
300 E Liberty Lane
Danville, IL 61832
Make an appointment

Mattoon-Coles Donor Center
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
700 Broadway Avenue East – Suite 36
Cross County Mall
Mattoon, IL 61938
Make an appointment


Background

Here is a little background on WCIA Channel 3 and the 2 TV personalities who this drive is in honor of.  Both of these individuals lost their very public battles with cancer.

-WCIA Channel 3:  WCIA has been in operation since 1953 and is considered the “hometown” station for Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding areas. The viewing area for WCIA mirrors the CBSI and CICBC service areas with key audiences in Champaign/Urbana, Springfield, Danville and Mattoon. The station has a stellar reputation as being one of the most community driven and has sponsored many successful public service and charitable events throughout the year including: Operation Honor Guard (sending senior veterans to the war memorials in DC); A Day of Giving benefiting Big Bros. Big Sisters; Pounds for Pets (pet food drive), etc.

-Dave Benton: An Illinois television news anchor who continued to work while he struggled with brain cancer has died (May 2015). WCIA-TV news director Andy Miller said Dave Benton died Tuesday at home in Champaign. Benton was 52.

Benton in December told viewers he had been told he had four to six months to live but planned to work as long as possible. He left the air in April after more than nine years at the Champaign television station. Miller said hundreds of viewers sent Facebook comments mourning Benton to WCIA on Tuesday. Miller called Benton a model for working as a newsman and for handling terminal illness with grace.  Benton is survived by a wife and two adult children. He grew up in Addison, a Chicago suburb, and graduated from Northern Illinois University.

-Robert Reese: In 2012 Robert Reese lost his battle with cancer. Robert was also regular blood donor. Robert actually found out that he had cancer after he had been deferred from donating blood on a few occasions at CBSI and was referred to a doctor.  By doing this, Robert extended his life by being able to initially fight off the cancer he was diagnosed with. He was the chief meteorologist at WCIA in Champaign, Ill., died Tuesday night after battling pneumonia and cancer. He was 50. WCIA anchor Jennifer Roscoe announced the news on Wednesday evening’s newscast, saying, “It is with great sadness and heartbreak that I have to tell you this tonight. I hoped I never would.” She described Reese as “a weather geek, a music lover, a car nut and most importantly, our friend.” Reese, the morning and noon meteorologist, was last on the air in early September. His Facebook page was flooded with comments and memories from WCIA viewers Thursday morning.