Blood drive Feb. 3 in Stockton in honor of Ernie Lieb
STOCKTON, Ill. (Jan. 30, 2014) — The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive Feb. 3 at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Stockton in honor of Ernie Lieb, who has suffered multiple health complications since being diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus. Lieb has received more than 50 pints of red blood cells and platelets during his treatments.
Since the beginning of January, winter storms and freezing temperatures have forced the Red Cross to cancel more than 600 blood drives, resulting in nearly 20,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Historically, during the winter months, fewer donors make time to give blood because of competing activities, inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. However, every day, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Blood donations of all types are needed to maintain an adequate supply for patients in need. Donors with types O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative blood are urgently needed.
WHAT: Stockton Community Blood Drive
WHEN: Feb. 3 from 12:30-5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Calvary United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall
315 W. Maple Ave.
Stockton, IL 61085
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 consent 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.
About the American Red Cross
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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.