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Give Hope This Thanksgiving by Donating Blood in Central or Northern Illinois

Heart of America

November 8, 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 for a free pie at participating area blood donation centers and special blood drives during the week of Thanksgiving.

"Blood donation is a simple act that helps save lives," said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Red Cross Blood Services Region. "It only takes about an hour and gives patients and their families hope during the holiday season."

Recipients of blood products are not able to take a holiday from needing lifesaving blood. They are in constant need of a healthy supply. Please take the time to give thanks by giving blood this holiday season. You could change a life, starting with your own.

Participating Blood Drives – Presenting donors will receive a free pie

  • Monday, November 23, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Heart of America Blood Donation Center, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave., Peoria, Ill.
  • Monday, November 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at UAW Local 974, 3025 Springfield Rd., East Peoria, Ill.
  • Monday, November 23, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the American Red Cross of the Heartland, 1 Westport Ct., Bloomington, Ill.
  • Monday, November 23, from noon until 6 p.m., Lion's Club, 1595 W. Main St., Mount Zion, Ill.
  • Tuesday, November 24, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Heart of America Blood Donation Center, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave., Peoria, Ill.
  • Tuesday, November 24, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th St., Fulton, Ill.
  • Tuesday, November 24, from noon to 6 p.m. at St. Anne Parish Hall, 230 N. Sixth St., Saint Anne, Ill.
  • Tuesday, November 24, from noon to 6 p.m. at the American Red Cross Mid-Illinois Chapter, 2674 N. Main St., Decatur, Ill.
  • Wednesday, November 25, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Heart of America Blood Donation Center, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave., Peoria, Ill.
  • Wednesday, November 25, from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Red Cross Lincoln Land Branch Chapter, 112 W. 2nd St., Rock Falls, Ill.

Participating Blood Drives – Presenting donors receive a coupon for a free pie

  • Monday, November 23, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 133 Main St., Walnut, Ill.
  • Monday, November 23, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at JFK Elementary School, 800 N. Richards St., Spring Valley, Ill.
  • Monday, November 23, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the American Red Cross Illinois Valley Chapter, 1530 4th St., Peru, Ill.
  • Tuesday, November 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Margaret's Hospital, 600 E. First, Spring Valley, Ill.
  • Tuesday, November 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, Rt. 34, Mendota, Ill.
  • Tuesday, November 24, from noon to 5 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 1560 Franklin Grove Rd., Dixon, Ill.
  • Wednesday, November 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall, 531 Lincoln Ave., Pontiac, Ill.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givebloodgivelife.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 younger than 19 years 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. 

Location

Peoria, IL
United States
40° 41' 37.1364" N, 89° 35' 20.3496" W
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