Donors Needed to Boost Summer Blood Supply at 9th Annual Radio Bloomington Summer Blood Drive

July 26, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (July 26, 2012) – To help maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in the Bloomington-Normal area and across the country, the American Red Cross is partnering with Radio Bloomington’s WJBC-AM, WBNQ-FM and WBWN-FM to host the 9th Annual Radio Bloomington Summer Blood Drive. Area residents have two opportunities to donate blood on July 30 and August 6 at Avanti’s Italian Restaurant in Bloomington. All presenting donors at each drive will be entered for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Additionally, all presenting donors will receive a free Gondola sandwich, compliments of Avanti’s.

These blood drives come during an important time for the Red Cross blood supply. Red Cross blood donations are at the lowest they have been in 15 years. Public support from the organization’s late-June appeal helped temporarily stop a decline in the blood supply. However, the mid-week Independence Day and extreme summer weather have contributed to a decrease in donations lately.

“Blood donors of all blood types are critically needed as the summer continues,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the American Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “The 9th Annual Radio Bloomington Summer Blood Drive serves as a vital opportunity to not only win a great prize and enjoy some great food, but will also help ensure blood and platelets are available for patients – no matter when or where they are needed.”

9th Annual Radio Bloomington Summer Blood Drive

Monday, July 30 & Monday, August 6

12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Avanti’s Italian Restaurant

3302 E. Empire, Bloomington

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