The American Red Cross seeks eligible donors to give blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day, June 14, and throughout the summer to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients in need.
Summer is a difficult time to collect enough blood to meet hospitals’ needs. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session, and regular donors are often vacationing, making them less available to give.
World Blood Donor Day highlights the constant need for donors – during the summer and throughout the year. Supermodel Niki Taylor, the celebrity spokesperson for World Blood Donor Day, was in a car crash in 2001 and received about 100 pints of blood. To this day, she attributes her survival to the blood donors and doctors who helped save her life.
Those who come to donate blood with the Red Cross June 8-14 will receive a limited-edition Nexcare give bandage in one of eight global-inspired designs in honor of World Blood Donor Day.
Every day this summer is a chance to give hope. Eligible donors are encouraged to choose their day to make a difference. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative — are needed. To 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 donation opportunities
3 p.m. - 7 p.m. June 8, Alhambra Township, Fireman and Legion Park
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 2, Alton Square Mall, 200 Alton Square
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 8, Walgreens, 1650 Washington Ave.
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 8, Collinsville Memorial Public Library, 408 West Main
1 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 15, VFW Hall, 1900 VFW Lane
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 3, Roxana Library, 200 N. Central
Noon to 4 p.m. June 5, First National Bank, 304 Bargraves Blvd.
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 15, Worden Fire Department, 127 W Wall St.