Blood Drive Opportunities In March, Red Cross Month

The American Red Cross urges the public to join its lifesaving mission by giving blood or platelets this March in celebration of Red Cross Month.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring.

Every day, thousands of patients depend on blood donations to help save their lives – patients like Heath Cornford who spent his first 217 days of life in the hospital. Born in February 2018 with an abnormal narrowing of the heart, Heath has undergone many complex surgeries – including a heart transplant – and required a number of blood transfusions.

“I can’t tell you how thankful we are for the lifesaving donations that saved our son,” said his mom, Mylinda Cornford. “Blood is something you can donate for free. You can make an impact, save a life and give back to your community.”

Heath recently celebrated his second birthday and is a thriving, energetic toddler.

Be a hero for patients in need

Heroes of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to provide hope and help for patients across the country. Make an appointment 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.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities March 1-15:


3/12/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., VFW Post 1377, 2043 South 4th Street

Mulberry Grove
3/24/2020: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Mulberry Grove High School, 801 West Wall Street

3/16/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Pocahontas Grade School, 4 State Street


2/27/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Albers Elementary, 206 North Broadway

3/2/2020: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 601 South Clinton Street

3/17/2020: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 391 Louis Street

3/18/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 575 North Main Street

2/25/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Carlyle High School, 1461 12th Street
3/16/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Carlyle Lake Visitors Center, 801 Lake Road

2/26/2020: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 1105 Sycamore

New Baden
3/23/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Civic Center, 100 East Birch Street


3/11/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Brownstown Elementary School, 421 South College Avenue

3/9/2020: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., South Central High School, 800 West Washington

3/19/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ramsey Grade School, 610 West 6th Street

Saint Elmo
2/24/2020: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St Elmo High School, 300 West 12th Street

3/4/2020: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fayette Co. Health Dept., 416 W. Edwards
3/5/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., YMCA-Vandalia, 710 Rock Island Ave
3/17/2020: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Zimmerman’s Greenhouse, 1386 East 1050 Avenue
3/24/2020: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Vandalia Moose Lodge, 328 South 3rd Street


3/2/2020: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hamel Community Building, 10 Park Ave.

3/16/2020: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Korte Recreation Center, 1 Nagel Dr.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, 2020-APL-00259 before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

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