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Central Illinois Auto Show Offers Opportunity to Help Save Lives with the American Red Cross

Heart of America

March 16, 2012
 

PEORIA, Ill. (March 16, 2012) When the Central Illinois Auto Show rolls into the Peoria Civic Center March 30 through April 1, attendees will have the opportunity to witness the most innovative automobiles from all around the world. While the main attractions of the weekend will certainly be the latest state-of-the-art cars, trucks and SUVs, this year’s auto show also offers auto enthusiasts  a chance to become heroes to patients in need.

In partnership with the Peoria Metro New Car Dealers Association, the Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the Central Illinois Auto Show on Family Day, Sunday, April 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Red Cross is offering several opportunities for local residents to receive a free ticket to the auto show by presenting to donate at one of the following locations:

Velde Lincoln Volvo Blood Drive

Saturday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2200 W. Pioneer Parkway, Peoria, Ill.

All presenting donors will receive a free ticket to the Central Illinois Auto Show.

 

Bob Lindsay Honda of Peoria Blood Drive

Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

900 W. Pioneer Parkway, Peoria, Ill.

All presenting donors will receive a free ticket to the Central Illinois Auto Show.

 

American Red Cross Peoria Blood Donation Center

March 26 through March 30

405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave., Peoria, Ill.

All presenting donors will receive a free ticket to the Central Illinois Auto Show.

Walk-ins are welcome at all blood drives, but donors are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.

 

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

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

 

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