Mayor and president of chamber support Red Cross mission to help save lives
The America Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood for hospital patients in need.
Community members are invited to help save lives during two monthly blood drives beginning in August. Recognizing the importance of lifesaving efforts, the Red Cross, William B. Wescott, mayor of Rock Falls and Bethany Bland, president/CEO of Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce partnered to make this opportunity available to those who wish to donate blood and ensure patients receive the treatment they need.
WHAT: Rock Falls Community Blood Drive
WHEN: First Wednesday of each month from 1 to 6 p.m. - beginning Aug. 2
Third Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - beginning Aug. 16.
WHERE: Rock Falls Community Building, 601 W. 10th St., Rock Falls, IL 61071
These blood drives comes as the Red Cross faces a critical summer blood shortage. Blood products are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, and eligible donors are urged to give now. As a special thank you, those who come to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross July 26 through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard™.*
Every two seconds in the United States blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. The Red Cross must collect nearly 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Blood donors of all types are needed. There is no substitute for donated blood products.
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 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 now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, 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 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
* Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at redcrossblood.org/summer. The Bullseye Design, Target and Target GiftCard are registered trademarks of Target Brands, Inc. Terms and conditions are applied to gift cards. Target is not a participating partner in or sponsor of this offer.