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Red Cross Emergency blood shortage

PEORIA, Ill. - The American Red Cross has issued an urgent call for blood donors.

The Red Cross escalated call for blood comes after a difficult Independence Day week for donations. Approximately 550 fewer blood drives were organized last week than during a typical week. This could mean as many as 15,000 fewer donations than needed to keep up with hospital needs.

“Whether you’ve never donated or give a couple of times a year, you’re needed to give as soon as possible to help save patient lives. Yours may be the donation a patient is counting on,” said Laura McGuire, external communications, Red Cross Blood Services.

This need is especially critical for type O blood donors. Type O is the most in-demand blood type and often the first be depleted from hospital shelves during a shortage. Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 9-3

Canton

  • 7/20/2018: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Wallace Park Donaldson Center, 250 South Avenue D

Bloomington

  • 7/9/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Bloomington The Chateau Hotel and Conference Center, 601 Jumer Drive

  • 7/13/2018: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Bloomington The Chateau Hotel and Conference Center, 601 Jumer Drive

  • 7/14/2018: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 3516 White Eagle Drive

  • 7/23/2018: 12:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Bloomington IL Blood Donation Center, 1 Westport Ct.

  • 7/24/2018: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Bloomington IL Blood Donation Center, 1 Westport Ct.

  • 8/7/2018: 12:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m., Bloomington IL Blood Donation Center, 1 Westport Ct.

  • 8/8/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., OSF Medical Group on College Avenue, 1701 E College Ave.

Normal

  • 7/14/2018: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, 1700 W Hovey

  • 7/16/2018: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 1700 N. Towanda Ave.

  • 7/16/2018: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 1700 N. Towanda Ave.

  • 7/26/2018: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., BroMenn Conference Center, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, 1304 Franklin Avenue

Heyworth

  • 7/30/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Heyworth High School, 308 West Cleveland

Brimfield

  • 7/9/2018: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Brimfield United Methodist Church, 135 S. Galena St.

Chillicothe

  • 7/24/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Chillicothe Library, 430 N. Bradley

East Peoria

  • 7/12/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Illinois Central College, One College Drive

Edwards

  • 8/11/2018: 7 a.m. - 11 a.m., St. Mary's of Kickapoo, 9910 Knox Street

Glasford

  • 7/21/2018: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Lancaster Masonic Lodge, 108 S Oak

Mapleton

  • 7/25/2018: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lake Camelot Clubhouse, 9278 W. Lake Camelot Dr

Peoria

  • 7/8/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W John Gwynn Jr Avenue

  • 7/9/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W John Gwynn Jr Avenue

  • 7/10/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 7 p.m., Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W John Gwynn Jr Avenue

  • 7/20/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Alpha Park Library, 3527 S Airport Road

  • 7/20/2018: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Northwoods Mall, 2200 W War Memorial Dr

  • 7/29/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W John Gwynn Jr Avenue

  • 8/8/2018: 11:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m., Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W John Gwynn Jr Avenue

  • 8/9/2018: 10:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W John Gwynn Jr Avenue

  • 8/10/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W John Gwynn Jr Avenue

  • 8/11/2018: 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W John Gwynn Jr Avenue

Morton

  • 7/16/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 616 W David

  • 7/27/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Boilermakers #60, 425 West Edgewood Ct

Pekin

  • 7/19/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1315 Court Street

  • 7/26/2018: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Church of God, 2520 Maywood

  • 8/3/2018: 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Unity Point Health - Pekin, Court and 14th Stree

El Paso

  • 7/11/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., El Paso Community Building - South Pointe Park, 521 South Sycamore

Metamora

  • 7/12/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Snyder Village, 1200 E. Partridge


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