Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
ST. LOUIS — With the arrival of spring comes sunnier days, warmer temperatures and a chance at a fresh start.
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make blood donation part of their spring ritual and help support patients like 5-year-old Nathan Pennington.
In April of last year, Nathan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called medulloblastoma. Nathan has received several blood product transfusions to help sustain his life following surgery to remove the tumor and currently receives periodic platelet transfusions as he continues his recovery.
“Nathan wouldn’t be here without lifesaving blood donors – it’s as simple as that,” said Corey Pennington, Nathan’s father. “Our family will always be grateful to all the blood donors who make sure patients like Nathan have the blood they need.”
Make a difference this spring by rolling up a sleeve for patients in need.
Madison County blood drives
- April 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church-Edwardsville, 2249 S. Route 157 in Edwardsville.
- April 21 from 1 to 7 p.m. at VFW Hall, 1900 VFW Lane in Highland.
- April 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road in Godfrey.
- April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at SIUE-Dental Building 280 Center for Professional Advancement, 2800 College Ave. in Alton.
- April 23 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Culvers, 6724 Old Troy Road in Edwardsville.
- April 24 from 3 to 7 p.m. at GC Cuisine and Crystal Gardens, 1230 University Drive in Edwardsville.
- April 28 from 2 to 6 p.m. at The Bridge Church, 504 East 12th St. in Alton.
- April 29 from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 1 Columbus Plaza in Collinsville.
- April 30 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Fazoli’s, 6663 Edwardsville Crossing Drive in Edwardsville.
How to donate blood
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.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 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Facts and figures
The Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood each day to serve patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers.
Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days.
Every two seconds, a patient in the U.S. relies on the generosity of blood donors.
The number one reason people give blood is because they “want to help others.”