CARBONDALE, Ill. — The American Red Cross and WSIL-TV are once again partnering up to help hospital patients in need. Roll up a sleeve and help us save lives at the annual summer WSIL-TV Blood Drive June 12-13 at one of five convenient locations in the WSIL-TV viewing area. Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a “We’re All In This Together” T-shirt, while supplies last, and a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email.
This year we are anticipating collecting more than 225 donations of lifesaving blood. This drive comes as the Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to Amazon, all those who come to give June 1-30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.
“We truly are grateful to WSIL and the viewers in the various communities for continuing to step up and help us meet our blood needs,” said Joe Zydlo, external communications manager for the Red Cross Blood Services Missouri-Illinois Region. “While we were able to avoid a shortage in March during the start of COVID-19, we need people to come out and donate at this drive and help us get through the summer to avoid another shortage.”
Below are five locations in the WSIL-TV viewing area where people can make an appointment to donate:
Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13:
- FOE Annex 9, South Walnut, Pinckneyville, IL
- Black Diamond RV, 2405 Black Diamond Drive, Marion, IL
- Roadhouse Harley-Davidson, 205 N. 44th St., Mount Vernon, IL
- University Mall, 1237 East Main, Carbondale, IL
- Harris Pruett, Main Room Building, 107 East Church St., Harrisburg, IL
This drive comes as the Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to Amazon, all those who come to give June 1-30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to ensure the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.
Donors of all blood types are needed. Those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact. During this type of donation, red blood cells are separated from other blood components, and the plasma and platelets are safely and comfortably returned to the donor.
Donated blood may be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. There is no substitute for donated blood products. Each day, the Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,500 hospitals across the country.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code WSIL or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.
Blood donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, from a computer or mobile device on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.