ST. LOUIS — The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood to help prevent a shortage.
During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet patients’ needs. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But patients don’t get a vacation from needing blood – the need is constant.
As a national network, the Red Cross has a responsibility to ensure blood is available for patients. By donating blood or platelets, donors may be helping patients in their community or across the nation.
Red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must constantly be replenished.
To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
- Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Hatheway Cultural Center, Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey
- Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hatheway Cultural Center, Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey
- Aug. 4 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Main Street United Methodist Church, 1400 Main St. in Alton
- Aug. 4 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Culvers, 100 United Drive in Collinsville
- Aug. 6 from 2:15 to 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus 460, 405 E. Fourth St. in Alton
- Aug. 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Edwardsville Public Library, 112 S. Kansas in Edwardsville
- Aug. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Nautilus Fitness Center, 4425 Industrial Drive in Alton
- Aug. 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Nameoki United Methodist Church, 1900 Pontoon Road in Granite City
- Aug. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6500 Humbert Road in Godfrey
- Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ooh La La Spa, 110 Cottonwood Road in Glen Carbon
- Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at HeplerBroom Law Firm, 130 N. Main St. in Edwardsville