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American Red Cross to Host St. Louis Cardinals Fans Blood Drive in East Peoria

Heart of America

July 5, 2012
 

PEORIA, Ill. (July 5, 2012) – To help boost the declining blood supply this summer, the American Red Cross will host a St. Louis Cardinals Fans Blood Drive on Tuesday, July 10 in East Peoria. In commemoration of the Cardinals’ impressive World Series victory last season, all presenting donors will receive a St. Louis Cardinals Red Cross World Champion Donor t-shirt while supplies last.

The blood drive comes during an important time for the Red Cross blood supply. On June 25, the Red Cross issued an emergency appeal for blood and platelet donors of all types as the national blood supply reached extremely low levels. With 50,000 fewer donations than expected in June and donations down more than 10 percent across the country, the St. Louis Cardinals Fans Blood Drive serves as an opportunity for area residents to celebrate the Cardinals’ World Series victory and help patients in need.

“The summer months pose a significant challenge to the nation’s blood supply as eligible donors make less time in their busy schedules to donate,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the American Red Cross Heart of America Region. “We encourage eligible donors to not only show their Cardinal pride this summer, but also help ensure that every patient has the blood and platelets they need during this critical time for the nation’s blood supply.”

St. Louis Cardinals Fans Blood Drive

Tuesday, July 10

1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Fondulac Administration Center

201 Veterans Dr., East Peoria

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. 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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