ANNA, Ill. – The American Red Cross, Coad Chevrolet-Buick-Ford and Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative (SIEC) are teaming up to urge individuals to do something significant to help patients in need this summer. #GiveNow, by donating blood on Wednesday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Coad Chevrolet-Buick-Ford in Anna.
The community is invited to take part in this lifesaving event to help boost the blood supply and ensure blood products are on the shelves for patients this summer. All presenting donors will receive a $5 off oil change coupon, while supplies last. In addition, presenting donors who are SIEC members, will receive a $10 utility bill credit.
This blood drive comes at an important time when the Red Cross is issuing an emergency call for donors to give now to help address a significant blood shortage and ensure area patients receive the transfusions they need. During the Independence Day holiday, many regular donors postponed giving blood due to vacation plans, further depleting an already low blood supply.
“The summer months can be among the most challenging times of the year for blood donations as many are vacationing and participating in summer activities,” said Garry Allison, director of donor recruitment, American Red Cross Tennessee Valley Blood Services Region. “We appreciate the generosity of community partners like Coad Chevrolet-Buick-Ford and Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative who rally round us by hosting a drive or rewarding donors for helping to save lives.”
Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. Every two seconds in the United States blood and platelets are 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 approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
SIEC & Coad Chevrolet-Buick-Ford Blood Drive
Wednesday, July 20
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2525 E. Vienna St.
Anna, IL 62906
Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
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.
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 Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative
For more than 75 years, Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative (SIEC), a nonprofit electric cooperative has served homes and businesses in southernmost Illinois. With a commitment to community as its founding principle, it serves more than 11,500 meters of its member-owners located in six counties across Illinois. SIEC is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive in Johnson, Alexander, Pulaski, Massac and Union counties – five of the six counties they serve.
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.