American Red Cross
ST. LOUIS — The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month in October.
According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the United States, making it the second most common transplant. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during surgery.
Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.
To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call (800) RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). More information on liver disease and ways to help protect against liver disease is available at www.liverfoundation.org.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Oct. 4: 2-7 p.m., YWCA, 304 East 3rd Street
Oct. 8: 2:15 p.m. to 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus 460, 405 E. Fourth St.
Oct. 2: Noon to 5 p.m., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 30 Hairpin Drive
Oct. 7: Noon to 5 p.m., Morris University Center, 30 Hairpin Dr., Campus Box 1168
Oct. 12: 7:30 a.m. to noon, Eden United Church of Christ, 903 N. Second St.
Oct. 8: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road