The American Red Cross has faced a concerning drop in blood and platelet donations this summer. Donors are needed to make an appointment to give in August to help prevent a blood shortage. Please join us by donating blood and honoring your hero at the Hometown Heroes Blood Drive Thursday, Aug. 4 in East Peoria!
“Statistics show everybody will know somebody who received blood once in their lifetime. We never know what can happen, and the blood need doesn’t stop – patients still have cancer, burn victims are still in the hospital. The only way we can source blood is through volunteer donors,” said Ellen Emerick, a district manager for the Red Cross biomedical team in the Illinois region.
Emerick is also a member of Heart of Illinois Blue Star Mothers, an organization co-sponsoring this blood drive along with the U.S. Coast Guard. You are encouraged to come out and roll up a sleeve to show support to our military, emergency services crews, hospital staff or even neighbors who are there to lend a hand.
Thursday, Aug. 4 | 1 to 6 p.m.
Holiday Inn and Suites
101 Holiday Street
East Peoria, IL 61611
All presenting donors will receive a $10 e-gift card and a chance to win gas for a year (a $6,000 value!)
Make an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org (Sponsor Code: HOMETOWNHERO), calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App. All Red Cross blood drive and donation centers follow the highest standards of safety and infection control.
About the American Red Cross of Illinois
The American Red Cross of Illinois serves 12.4 million people in 88 counties in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri including Adams, Bond, Boone, Brown, Bureau, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cook, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeKalb, De Witt, Douglas, DuPage, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Fulton, Green, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jasper, Jefferson, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Menard, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Ogle, Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Putnam, Richland, Rock Island, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermillion, Warren, Washington, Whiteside, Will, Williamson Winnebago, Woodford. Iowa: Lee, Muscatine, Scott and Van Buren. Missouri: Clark, Lewis, Marion and Ralls. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit us at Redcross.org/Illinois or visit us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @RedCrossIL.