During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that it doesn’t take a cape or superpowers to be a hero. By donating blood, donors can become a hero for patients in need.
Red Cross Month is dedicated to the everyday heroes who support the Red Cross mission by giving blood, volunteering their time, learning lifesaving skills or making a financial contribution.
The need for blood is constant. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes in communities across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide, about 80 of which are in the local Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. Donors with all blood types are needed, particularly those with types 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 www.redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 6, Alton Square Mall, 200 Alton Square, Alton
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 9, Main Street United Methodist Church, 1400 Main St., Alton
2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, Alton Wood River Sportsmen’s Club, 3109 Godfrey Road, Godfrey