KFVS12 encourages blood donors to give patients a brighter outlook
Annual KFVS Summer Blood Drive scheduled Aug. 22-23
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (July 30, 2014) — Help prevent an emergency blood shortage by giving blood with KFVS12 and the American Red Cross Aug. 22-23 in southern Missouri and Illinois. Everyone who attempts to donate during the two-day blood drive will receive a Red Cross T-shirt and Subway gift card, while supplies last.
“The Red Cross is proud to once again partner with KFVS12 to help patients in need,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “The summer months can be a difficult time to collect blood, making blood drives like the KFVS Summer Blood Drive so important.”
The Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.
Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent since the beginning of May, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.
Appointments to give blood can be made on Aug. 22 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. or Aug. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at any of the locations listed.
KFVS12 Summer Blood Drive:
West Park Mall, 3049 William St. in Cape Girardeau
Fraternal Order of Eagles, 13583 Old Highway 25 in Dexter
American Legion Colonnade Room, 98 Grand Ave. in Perryville
First United Methodist Church, Fifth and North Main in Poplar Bluff
Sikeston Factory Outlet Mall, 100 Outlet Drive in Sikeston
University Mall, 1237 E. Main in Carbondale
Illinois Star Centre Mall, 3000 W. DeYoung St. in Marion
Rolland Lewis Community Building, S. 27th St. in Mount Vernon
Davis McCann Center, 1410 Walnut in Murphysboro
To make an appointment to give, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code KFVS. Blood collected at the KFVS12 Summer Blood Drive could help a variety of patients, including trauma victims, cancer patients, premature babies and those undergoing surgery.
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.