The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in August and help meet the constant need for blood products by patients. Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood.
Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Despite travel and other activities that may cause some donors to be less available to give, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers.
With more summer days ahead, every blood donation is important in helping ensure blood is available for patients in need, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those who need it. Donors of all blood types — especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative — are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call (800) 733-2767.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
Aug. 5: 2:15 p.m. to 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus 460, 405 E. Fourth St
Aug. 7: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Alton Memorial Hospital, 1 Memorial Drive
Aug. 13: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Alton Memorial Hospital, 1 Memorial Drive
Aug. 3: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nameoki United Methodist Church, 1900 Pontoon Road