Red Cross Needs Blood Before Summer Ends

With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.

With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give July 29 through Aug. 29 with a $5 Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Through Aug. 31

Bond County

8/23/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Greenville Community, 1110 E Harris Ave

Clinton County

8/21/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Albers Elementary, 206 North Broadway

8/22/2019: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., St Rose School, 18004 St Rose Road

8/27/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 1105 Sycamore

8/20/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., West Gate Baptist Church, 843 West Broadway

Fayette County

Saint Elmo
8/19/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Mary Church Hall, Route 40
8/28/2019: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Pinnacle Foods, 1000 Brewbaker Drive

8/22/2019: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., YMCA-Vandalia, 710 Rock Island Ave

Madison County

8/19/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., VFW Hall, 1900 VFW Lane

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