Cape Girardeau, Mo. - The American Red Cross and KFVS12 are encouraging area blood donors to ‘Knock Out The Need’ at the annual KFVS Summer Blood Drive Aug. 19-20 in Missouri and Illinois. Everyone who attempts to donate will receive an Amazon.com gift card code, a Subway gift card and a specially designed ‘Knock Out The Need’ T-shirt, while supplies last.
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a critical summer blood shortage. The summer months are among the most challenging times of years to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs. Many regular donors delay giving while they take vacation and participate in summer activities. The need for blood doesn’t take a summer break though.
We love partnering up with KFVS12 annually for their summer blood drives,” said Todd Wagner, director of donor recruitment for the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “We are still under an emergency appeal for blood and platelet donations, and having the support of the station and the community always makes a difference in helping those patients in need.”
Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to give now to help ensure blood is available for patients in need. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and double red cells can be donated every 112 days.
In appreciation for helping to save lives, those who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code. A complete list of the KFVS12 blood drives is listed below:
KFVS 12 Perryville, 98 Grand Avenue, Perryville, MO 63775; 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Sikeston Factory Outlet Stores, 100 Outlet Drive, Sikeston, MO 63801; 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM
West Park Mall, Storefront by JC Penney, 3049 William Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701; 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM
University Mall, 1237 East Main, Carbondale, IL 62901; 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Illinois Star Centre, 3000 West DeYoung Street, Marion, IL 62959; 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM
First United Methodist Church, 5th and North Main, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901; 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Times Square Mall, Broadway and 42nd Street, Mt. Vernon, IL. 62864; 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM
KFVS 12 Perryville, 98 Grand Avenue, Perryville, MO 63775; 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Times Square Mall, Broadway and 42nd Street, Mt. Vernon, IL. 62864; 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
First United Methodist Church, 5th and North Main, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901; 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Illinois Star Centre, 3000 West DeYoung Street, Marion, IL 62959; 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Fraternal Order of Eagles, 13583 Old Highway 25, Dexter, MO 63841; 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
University Mall, 1237 East Main, Carbondale, IL 62901; 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Donors can save time and make appointments by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App or by visiting redcrossblood.org and entering the sponsor code KFVS12.In addition, they can also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.