The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season — a lifesaving blood donation.
Blood donations often decline this time of year when donors get busy with holiday festivities and travel. Severe winter weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can also have a serious impact on blood donations, but the need for blood remains steady. On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood products every day for patients across the country.
Eligible donors with all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 8, Alhambra Township, Fireman and Legion Park
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 15, Walgreens, 1650 Washington Ave.
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 2, Collinsville Memorial Public Library, 408 West Main
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 15, Culvers, 100 United Drive
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 1, LeClaire Christian Church, 1914 Esic Drive
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2, Morris University Center, 30 Hairpin Drive
Noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 4, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 30 Hairpin Drive
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 12, Gori Julian & Associates, 156 N. Main St.
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 5, Hatheway Cultural Center, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6, Hatheway Cultural Center, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road
12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Ameren IP, 2600 N. Center St.