Resolve To Give Blood With The Red Cross

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The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelets by resolving to give blood this January – National Blood Donor Month.

Donating blood or platelets is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year for patients like Judy Janssen, who was diagnosed with end-stage autoimmune liver disease in 2016. Janssen received frequent blood transfusions – sometimes multiple times a week – until she underwent a liver transplant last January.

“Blood donors make a really big difference with very little effort,” said Janssen, who received dozens of transfusions before and during her transplant surgery. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for blood donations.”

The critical role of blood and platelet donors has been celebrated each January for nearly 50 years during National Blood Donor Month, which coincides with one of the most difficult times to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients. Busy holiday schedules, extreme winter weather and seasonal illnesses often impact donor turnout this time of year.

The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to resolve to give blood or platelets regularly, beginning in January. To encourage donations immediately, all those who come to donate by Jan. 6 will get a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong in the new year is to host a Red Cross blood drive. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Jan. 2-31

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Greenville
1/10/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., VFW Post 1377, 2043 South 4th Street
Mulberry Grove
1/24/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Mulberry Grove Elementary, 801 West Wall Street
Pocahontas
1/15/2019: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., St Nicholas Church, 401 East State Street

Clinton

Aviston
1/7/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Aviston Elementary School, 350 South Hull Street
Beckemeyer
1/22/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 391 Louis Street
Breese
1/23/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 480 North Walnut
Carlyle
1/24/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Mary’s Parish Center, 1171 Jefferson Street
Hoffman
1/28/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hoffman Village Hall, 110 East Park Avenue
New Baden
1/21/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 105 East Illinois Street

Fayette

Brownstown
1/2/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Brownstown Elementary School, 421 South College Avenue
Farina
1/14/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 301 West Madison Street
Ramsey
1/24/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, RR 51
Vandalia
1/15/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Vandalia Moose Lodge, 328 South 3rd Street
1/18/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Fayette County Hospital, 650 West Taylor
1/22/2019: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Zimmerman’s Greenhouse, 1386 East 1050 Avenue

Madison

Hamel
1/7/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hamel Community Building, 10 Park Ave.
Highland
1/3/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 1130 New Trenton Rd.
1/21/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Korte Recreation Center, 1 Nagel Dr.

Montgomery

Nokomis
1/8/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., St Louis Parish Center, East Union Street

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