The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month this September.
Becoming a regular blood donor is one way to help ensure communities are prepared for any emergency, including those where blood transfusions are needed. The Red Cross also encourages the public to get prepared by making a disaster plan for their homes or work places.
A sufficient blood supply is central to ensuring hospitals are prepared to meet patient needs in times of disaster, including the very personal ones that can happen any day. Because blood takes about 48 hours to be tested, processed and made available for patients, it’s the blood already on the shelves that can help save the day when emergencies occur.
This month also marks the sixth year that the Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts have teamed up to help increase blood donations. Through the Saving Lives Never Looked So Good campaign, Sport Clips is thanking those who come to give blood in September with a coupon for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations. The coupon is valid through Nov. 8 and will be sent to donors via email a few days after their donation.
Every 2 seconds someone in the United States needs blood, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for patients needing transfusions. The Red Cross needs blood donors of all types — especially those with types AB, O negative, B negative and A negative — to give blood regularly.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767. For information on planning for emergencies and preparedness training, visit www.redcross.org/prepare.
- Sept. 16: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bethalto Senior Citizens Center, 100 E. Central St., Bethalto
- Sept. 16: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Alton-Wood River Sportsmen’s Club, 3109 Godfrey Road, Godfrey
- Sept. 23: 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Granite City Senior High School, 3101 Madison, Granite City
- Sept. 22: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wood River VFW 2859, 231 E. Edwardsville Road, Wood River