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November 9, 2009
PEORIA, Ill. – While Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, it can also be a time to give hope to patients who rely on donated blood. This Thanksgiving, the American Red Cross is thanking blood donors for giving hope to patients in need by offering all presenting donors a free pie or a coupon...
October 20, 2009
SPRING BAY, Ill. – Blake Ballard is a spunky little guy. He tends to be a bit messy when eating his favorite dinner, spaghetti and meatballs. His favorite color is yellow because he is a huge fan of SpongeBob SquarePants. Blake is in kindergarten this year, and he has made lots of new...
September 28, 2009
PEORIA, Ill. – The St. Louis Cardinals are on the road to the World Series, and the American Red Cross is giving central Illinois blood donors a chance to join them. Present to donate blood or platelets for your chance to win tickets to see the St. Louis Cardinals in post-season action. (...
September 22, 2009
The H1N1 influenza is once again on the minds of many people as we enter fall and students return to school and to college. This is the first global flu pandemic in 41 years, and as of August 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported more than 254,206 laboratory-confirmed cases of 2009 H1N1...
September 14, 2009
FREEPORT, Ill. – As Extreme Makeover: Home Edition continues to build a new home for a Lena, Ill. family today, the American Red Cross is celebrating the success of blood drives held in conjunction with the show.
September 9, 2009
FREEPORT, Ill. – The lives of the Stott family changed forever as they found out today they were selected to have their house radically changed by the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team. Joey, her husband, Philip, and their three children will enjoy a trip to the Disney Vacation Club while...
August 5, 2009
PEORIA, Ill. – Congratulations to Kathy Mazander of Peoria - the grand prize winner of the Cancun Experience presented by Alexander Travel and the American Red Cross! Kathy presented to donate platelets at the Red Cross donation center in downtown Peoria this summer. She and a guest will...
July 6, 2009
PEORIA, Ill. – The Firecracker Fly-Away ended with a bang this morning, as Cynthia Diederich from Normal, Ill. won the grand prize. Diederich's winning raffle ticket was pulled live on WMBD This Morning. She won two round-trip tickets to anywhere Allegiant Air flies. (Some restrictions...
June 26, 2009
PEORIA, Ill. – Fireworks will soon light up the sky for Independence Day, and Central Illinois blood donors can help light up the lives of patients who need blood. The American Red Cross, Allegiant Air and the Prairie Air Show have teamed up to present the Firecracker Fly-Away at select...
June 9, 2009
PEORIA, Ill. – The French say, "Mon Sang pour D'autres," or "My Blood for Others." The sentiments of that message will resonate worldwide on June 14, 2009 as the fifth annual World Blood Donor Day is observed and celebrated. World Blood Donor Day will honor the world's...