Friends and Family Donate at Second Annual Blood Drive

November 18, 2011

This holiday season, give the gift that money can’t buy. When you donate blood with the American Red Cross, you give the perfect gift - another hug, another laugh, another smile, another chance - to someone in need of blood. And unlike the latest fashion trend, video game or golf club, the perfect gift costs nothing but an hour of your time.

The Red Cross, along with Allie Grafton’s family and friends, is encouraging the Deer Creek community to make the time to give blood this holiday season to ensure a stable blood supply for patients like Allie is available in the midst of an emergency. Every day, more than 38,000 pints of blood are needed for patients in hospitals across the country.

Five year old Allie Grafton, from Deer Creek was hospitalized in 2009 with an enlarged spleen and severe anemia. After three blood transfusions, Allie was diagnosed with Hereditary Spherocytosis. While her bone marrow continues to produce red blood cells, it is not able to keep up with how fast they are being destroyed thus her hemoglobin drops and she needs a blood transfusion.

In about an hour, you can make a lifesaving difference by giving blood.

In Honor of Allie Grafton Blood Drive

Tuesday, November 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Highview Church of God

All Purpose Room

2442 Centennial Drive, Washington, IL 61571

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

or visit

The more you share, the more you get back. Give blood.

How to Donate Blood

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 or 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.