The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to help ensure blood is available for patients in need by giving blood in May before the busy summer season kicks in.
Blood and platelet donations often decrease when regular donors are vacationing and school is out of session, but the need for blood is constant. Donors are needed in the weeks leading up to summer to help alleviate this seasonal decline.
Donors of all blood types — especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative — are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring. Those who come to donate blood between May 23 and May 25 will receive a limited-edition Red Cross-branded RuMe tote bag, while supplies last.
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
2 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 15, Municipal Building, 206 S. Main
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 19, Alton Memorial Hospital, One Memorial Drive
4 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 20, Bethalto Senior Citizens Center, 100 E. Central St.
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 28, Edwardsville Public Library, 112 S. Kansas
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 20, Holy Family Catholic Church, 2606 Washington Ave.
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 26, Wood River VFW 2859, 231 E. Edwardsville Road