The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to start a lifesaving habit by becoming a regular blood donor this year, starting with National Blood Donor Month in January.
January is a challenging time for blood donations. Inclement weather can result in blood drive cancellations, and cold and flu season may cause some donors to be unable to make or keep blood donation appointments. National Blood Donor Month, celebrated in January since 1970, raises awareness of the need for blood during the winter and throughout the year, while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need.
Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type. Types A and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Jan. 21: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bethalto Senior Citizens Center, 100 E. Central St.
Jan. 19: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., St John Evangelical UCC, 307 W. Clay St.
Jan. 22: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Rosewood Heights Fire Department, 45 E Airline Drive
Jan. 22: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., YMCA, 7348 Goshen Road
Jan. 24: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Le Claire Elementary, 801 Franklin Ave.
Jan. 16: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Glen Carbon Centennial Library, 189 S. Main St.
Jan. 20: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Council 1098, 4225 Old Alton Road
Jan. 29: 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Granite City Senior High School, 3101 Madison
Jan. 26: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Korte Recreation Center, 1 Nagel Drive
Jan. 19: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Marine United Church of Christ, 111 N. Center
Jan. 28: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Meadowbrook Intermediate, 111 West Roosevelt St.
Jan. 19: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Worden Fire Department, 127 W. Wall St.