American Red Cross to host Give from the Heart blood drive

February 7, 2013

DECATUR, Ill. (February 7, 2013)— As Decatur-area residents begin buying candy and making plans with their loved ones this Valentine’s Day, it’s important to remember that patients in the community and across the country rely on lifesaving blood every day. On Feb. 12, the American Red Cross encourages local residents to roll up their sleeve at the Give from the Heart blood drive and help ensure that hospital patients can spend another Valentine’s Day with their loved ones.  

“While Valentine’s Day plans and activities can fill someone’s schedule, we remind eligible blood donors that the need for blood is constant,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Blood Services Region. “For families with a loved one who is dealing with a cancer diagnosis or a major illness, a blood donation can mean everything.”


Give from the Heart Blood Drive

Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Decatur Blood Donation Center

2674 North Main Street in Decatur


All presenting donors will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Kindle Fire as well as Subway and Casey’s gift cards. Each presenting donor will also receive a free one-day pass to the YMCA in Decatur and a Buffalo Wild Wings discount coupon. Delicious Valentine’s Day treats will be served.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or join our blog at