Celebrate Volunteerism by Donating Blood

March 31, 2011

Volunteers are the backbone of the American Red Cross.  Each year, 3.5 million volunteers donate more than six million pints of blood or platelets through the Red Cross. This April, celebrate National Volunteer Week (April 10 – 16) by making an appointment to donate platelets and join a family of blood donors across the nation. The Streator Community Platelet drive, previously held on the second Tuesday of even numbered months at the Moose Lodge, has changed location and is now held at the First Baptist Church, 924 South Monroe in Streator. Donors may call Marie Tremain at 815-672-7176 for an appointment.

“Platelets are needed more than you think, and they have a short shelf life of only five days,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of Heart of America Red Cross Blood Services region. “In the hour it takes to volunteer to donate blood or platelets, you can help save the lives of patients in your community and across the country.”

In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Red Cross thanks blood and platelet donors who truly give of themselves and encourages others to strengthen our nation’s blood supply by volunteering to donate.  You can make a difference. Be a Red Cross volunteer blood donor and join a family of blood donors across the nation in a lifesaving cause.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

Streator Community Platelet drive

Tuesday, April 12

8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (appointments only)

FirstBaptist Church, 924 S. Monroe, Streator, Il. 61364

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 generally in 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

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.