Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals Fans Compete for Bragging Rights at the American Red Cross

September 18, 2012

PEORIA, Ill. (September 18, 2012) – It’s a hotly debated issue in central Illinois: Do more area residents bleed Cubbie blue or Cardinal red? To help determine which team has more support from local blood donors, the American Red Cross is hosting a week-long Cubs vs. Cardinals Blood Donor Competition starting on Monday, September 24 at the Peoria Blood Donation Center.

All presenting donors can enter into a Cubs or Cardinals raffle for a chance to win a Cubs tumbler or a St. Louis Cardinals Red Cross World Champion Donor t-shirt. Ten winners for each team will be drawn every day from September 24 - 28. At the end of the week, all entries will be added up to determine which team has the most support among Peoria-area blood donors.

“Cubs and Cardinals fans have the opportunity to win important bragging rights by donating lifesaving blood during what is sure to be a close competition,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the American Red Cross Heart of America Region. “We encourage eligible donors to not only show their Cardinal or Cub pride, but also help ensure all patients have the blood they need.”

Cubs vs. Cardinals Blood Donor Competition

Monday, September 24 through Friday, September 28

Peoria Blood Donation Center

405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave., Peoria


Monday, September 24, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 25, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 26, 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 27, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday, September 28, 7:00 a.m. t0 2:00 p.m.

All blood types are currently needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available.

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 more than 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