East Peoria High School students give back this summer by hosting seventh annual blood drive

June 20, 2013

PEORIA, Ill. (June 20, 2013) – On July 2, the students of East Peoria Community High School are once again making a vital impact in their community this summer by hosting the seventh annual Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive at the Peoria RiverPlex.

In partnership with the American Red Cross and 105.7 the X, the students encourage their peers and area residents to give blood to help cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and more. Since the first blood drive in 2007, the students have helped collect 732 pints of lifesaving blood.

“As blood donations dip in the summer months, the students of East Peoria Community High School are once again stepping up to help the Red Cross meet the needs of patients,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Blood Services Region. “Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Through this blood drive and the hard work of the student organizers, the Red Cross can help ensure blood products are available – whenever and wherever they are needed.”

7th Annual Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive

Tuesday, July 2

1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Peoria Riverplex

600 NE Water St., Peoria

All presenting donors will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $50 iTunes gift card!

Young donors play an integral role in ensuring blood is available to patients in need. Blood donors at high school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of donations during the school year, but donations from students drop by more than 80 percent when school is out for summer.

As part of the Red Cross Summer of Stories blood donation campaign, all presenting donors at Red Cross blood drives between July 1 and July 15 will be automatically entered to win a $3,000 American Express gift card in honor of Independence Day. For more information, visit redcrossblood.org/summer.

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 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.