Be a lifesaving hero at the Holiday Heroes Blood Drives

December 17, 2012

PONTIAC, Ill. (Dec. 17, 2012) – The holidays bring friends and families together to celebrate and share in special times of giving. But the holidays can also be a difficult time for families with a loved one who is dealing with a cancer diagnosis or a major illness requiring lifesaving blood transfusions.

To help ensure blood is available this holiday season, the American Red Cross is hosting two Holiday Heroes Blood Drives on Dec. 26 at the Pontiac VFW and Fairbury Walton Centre.  Both events give area residents the opportunity to be a hero to hospital patients this year. 

“The Holiday Heroes Blood Drives comes at an important time of year for the Red Cross,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Blood Services Region. “These blood drives will help boost the blood supply during the holiday season and each pint may help save up to three lives. The only cost is about an hour of time, but, to a hospital patient in need, time is everything.”

Holiday Heroes Blood Drives

All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross T-shirt and pocket calendar!

       Wednesday, Dec. 26

                         11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.                                          12 p.m. to 6 p.m.                             

         Pontiac VFW                                                           Fairbury Walton Centre

                         531 Lincoln Ave. in Pontiac                                   100 W. Locust Street in Fairbury

Every day, patients rely on blood and platelets donated through the Red Cross. While the need is ongoing, the supply isn’t – especially around the holidays when regular donors travel and spend time with family and friends and may forget to schedule an appointment. The only way to provide lifesaving blood and platelets for patients in need is through the generosity of donors.

All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply during the holidays, especially donors with type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative blood.

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 permission 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