CENTRAL ILLINOIS, Ill. (WCIA) — The American Red Cross is urging donors to make appointments now to help overcome the ongoing emergency blood and platelet shortage that has significantly impacted the nation’s blood supply.
Officials said the current blood supply is the lowest that the Red Cross has seen this time of year in more than a decade.
Since declaring an emergency need for donors last month, thousands of people have come to Red Cross blood drives across the country to roll up a sleeve and help patients who are counting on lifesaving transfusions.
“The Red Cross is incredibly grateful for the kindness and generosity of these blood and platelet donors,” officials stated. “But hospital demand remains strong. At least 10,000 more donations are needed each week in the coming weeks to meet patient needs – ahead of the upcoming holiday season, which always presents seasonal challenges to blood collection.”
Donors can schedule an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Those who come to donate blood anytime between November 1 and November 12 will automatically be entered to win a trip to Hawaii, which is sponsored by Amazon Prime Video in honor of a new series, I Know What You Did Last Summer. This trip includes round-trip airfare for two, hotel accommodations for nine nights, meals, a $1,000 gift card for expenses and on-trip transportation with tour stops from Honolulu to Maui. In addition, those who come to donate blood anytime between November 1 and 23 will receive a $10 Amazon.com gift card.
Donors are required to wear a mask when they visit a Red Cross blood drive. People also need to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in central Illinois:
– 11/2/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Decatur Blood Donation Center, 2674 N. Main St
– 11/6/2021: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 201 West North Street
– 11/9/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Decatur Blood Donation Center, 2674 N. Main St
– 11/23/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Decatur Blood Donation Center, 2674 N. Main St
11/12/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Meridian High School, 728 South Wall Street
11/23/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1220 West Main Street
11/16/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion, 8 East Strain
11/22/2021: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Monticello High School, 1 Sage Drive
– 11/4/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Salvation Army, 1600 E. Clearlake
– 11/9/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Springfield Columbus Home Association, 2200 Meadowbrook Rd
11/1/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Arcola High School, 351 West Washington
11/12/2021: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond High School, 301 East Columbia Street
11/11/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., St John United Church of Christ, 204 Seventh St.