Community Blood Drive in Honor of Louise Whiteneck

June 3, 2011

ABINGDON, Ill. (June 1, 2011) – On June 9, the Abingdon community has an opportunity to honor long-time resident Louise Whiteneck, by donating blood at the Abingdon American Legion and help boost the summer blood supply.

Community Blood Drive in Honor of Louise Whiteneck

Thursday, June 9 from 1 p.m. to 5;30 p.m.

Abingdon American Legion

546 Illinois Route 41

Abingdon, Ill. 61410

Louise is a recent blood recipient and is grateful for blood donors who supply lifesaving blood to patients like her.

On June 14,  nations around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day – a time to celebrate those who donate blood to help save lives without expecting anything in return. Make an appointment to donate blood and celebrate World Blood Donor Day while helping patients in need and honoring Louise Whiteneck.

Each presenting donor will be automatically entered in ‘Good to Give. Good to Go.’ a summer long raffle for a chance to win a trip to Orlando, Florida for four to Disney's All-Star Music Resort – including roundtrip airfare, hotel, airport transportation, theme park passes and 'Park Hopper Access' allowing visitors access to other Disney theme parks.

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

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.