Mineman Seaman Sean Perkins, assigned to the underwater weapons department of Navy Munitions Command CONUS West Division, Unit Seal Beach, donates blood during a Red Cross blood drive at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.
World Red Cross Day is a time to recognize worldwide efforts to advocate for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, disaster, war or famine.
The American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to support these humanitarian efforts by making an appointment to donate blood this May. The need is constant, and all blood types are needed, especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative.
Each year, World Red Cross Day is celebrated on May 8, the birthday of Henry Dunant, who officially founded the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement nearly 100 years ago.
For more than 130 years, the Red Cross has been dedicated to helping people in communities large and small. It is the only humanitarian services organization that provides blood services, serves as the emergency communication link between military personnel and their families, offers health and safety training and responds to disasters.
Join the Red Cross family this month and make an appointment to give blood in honor of World Red Cross Day by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting www.redcrossblood.org.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
- May 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southwestern Illinois College, 4950 Maryville Road in Granite City.
- May 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. at St John Neumann Catholic School, 142 Wilma Road in Maryville.
- May 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at CALC Institute of Technology, 200 North Center Drive in Alton.
- May 9 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Early Explorations, 47 N. Research Road in Edwardsville.
- May 9 from noon to 5 p.m. at Metro East Lutheran High School, 6305 Center Grove Park in Edwardsville.
- May 12 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Main Street United Methodist Church, 1400 Main St. in Alton.
- May 12 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lewis and Clark Elementary, 501 E. Lorena in Wood River.
- May 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Knights of Columbus 460, 405 East Fourth St. in Alton.
- May 14 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Alton Wood River Sportsmen’s Club, 3109 Godfrey Road in Godfrey.
- May 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Glen Carbon Fire Department, 430 Glen Carbon Road in Glen Carbon.
- May 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Edwardsville Public Library, 112 S. Kansas 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 age 17 (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.