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Help rev up the blood supply at the third annual Central Illinois Auto Show Blood Drive

Heart of America

March 27, 2014

PEORIA, Ill. (March 27, 2014) – For the third consecutive year, the American Red Cross will be cruising for eligible blood donors at the Central Illinois Auto Show to help refuel the blood supply and ensure patients have the blood products they need. This year’s auto show at the Peoria Civic Center is April 4-6.

In partnership with the Peoria Metro New Car Dealers Association, the Red Cross will hold the blood drive at the auto show on Sunday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All presenting donors will receive a free Red Cross lunch bag.

Third annual Central Illinois Auto Show Blood Drive

April 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Peoria Civic Center – Verizon Café, 201 SW Jefferson St. in Peoria, Ill.

Peoria area auto fanatics also have the opportunity to attend the Central Illinois Auto Show for free. From April 2-4, each presenting blood and platelet donor at the Peoria Blood Donation Center, located at 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave., will receive two free tickets to the auto show.

Walk-ins are welcome at all blood donation opportunities, but donors are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment.

Blood and platelets can be used for trauma victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.