The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood this May in honor of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on May 8 — the birthday of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement founder, Henry Dunant.
World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day recognizes the local and global impact of the Red Cross mission. For more than 130 years, the American Red Cross has been helping people, including those in need of blood transfusions. It is the only blood services organization that also provides disaster relief, services for active and veteran military personnel and their families, and health and safety training.
Last year, about 3.1 million volunteer blood donors rolled up a sleeve to help the Red Cross meet patients’ needs at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. 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.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call (800) RED CROSS. Those who are unable to give blood can support blood donations and invite others to make a lifesaving donation by creating a SleevesUp virtual blood drive at www.redcrossblood.org/SleevesUp.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. May 8, Alton Square Mall, 200 Alton Square
3 p.m. - 7 p.m. May 11, Main Street United Methodist Church, 1400 Main St
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 13, Knights of Columbus 460, 405 East Fourth St
2 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 13, Alton Wood River Sportsmen’s Club, 3109 Godfrey Rd.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7, Southwestern Illinois College, 4950 Maryville Rd
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14, Gateway Regional Medical Center, 2100 Madison Ave.