The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this spring by giving blood.
Donated blood is perishable and must be constantly replenished to keep up with the demand. Red blood cells, with a shelf life of 42 days, are the most frequently transfused blood component and are always needed by hospitals.
Eligible donors can give red cells through either a regular whole blood donation or a double red cell donation, where available. Double red cell donations yield twice the usual amount of red cells in a single appointment and are accepted at select donation locations. Double red cell donors must meet additional eligibility criteria, which will be determined at the donation appointment.
Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days, and double red cells may be donated every 112 days, up to three times per year.
To find a donation opportunity or make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call (800) RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood drives
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, Alton Square Mall, 200 Alton Square, Alton
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, SIUE-Dental-Building 280, Center for Professional Advancement, 2800 College Ave., Alton
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, CALC Institute of Technology, 200 North Center Drive, Suite A, Alton
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, Meadowbrook Volunteer Fire Department, 101 Sunset Drive, Bethalto
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey