The need for blood is constant. From cancer patients and accident victims to premature babies and those with blood disorders, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds. The American Red Cross depends on the American public to help ensure that a stable blood supply is available to patients in the local community and across the country.
During the month of March, Red Cross Month, the Mid Illinois Chapter recognizes these lifesavers, thanks them for their generosity and encourages others to join their ranks. In our community last year, a total of 9,896 units of blood and platelets were donated to the American Red Cross.
“You don’t need a special reason to give blood, you just need your own reason,” said Carl Baker, Executive Director. “Some of us give blood because we were asked or because we believe it is the right thing to do. Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for patients in need. And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped save lives.”
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 (16 with parental permission in some states), 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.