The American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to choose their day to give and help ensure blood is available for patients all summer long during its annual summer awareness campaign, sponsored by Suburban Propane.
“Many Americans will be celebrating the unofficial start to summer this Memorial Day weekend, but seasonal activities that bring joy to so many can also lead to a shortage of blood and platelet donations when regular donors become busy,” said Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships for the Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Patients don’t get a summer holiday from needing lifesaving blood and platelet donations and are counting on generous volunteers to help maintain a sufficient supply this summer.”
To encourage donations around the Memorial Day holiday, those who come to give blood or platelets from May 27-31 will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. The Red Cross relies on volunteer donors for the 14,000 blood donations needed every day to support patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. However, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors schedule an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need.
For more information and to make an appointment to donate, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
- May 24: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Alton Memorial Hospital, 1 Memorial Drive
- May 27: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Argosy Alton, 1 Piasa
- May 26: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., YMCA, 1200 Esic Drive
- June 1: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., LeClaire Christian Church, 1914 Esic Drive
- June 1: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Roxana Library, 200 N. Central
- Wood River
- May 24: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wood River VFW 2859, 231 E. Edwardsville Road