Give Thanks this Thanksgiving by Donating Blood

November 10, 2011

This Thanksgiving, you can give a hospital patient another reason to be thankful by donating blood or platelets. A single blood donation can help save up to three lives and give patients in need another opportunity to celebrate holidays with their loved ones.

During this season of giving thanks, the American Red Cross is thanking those who help patients in need by offering presenting donors a complimentary pie  at participating area blood donation centers and special blood drives during the week of Thanksgiving.

“As our anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday grows, we at the American Red Cross take pause to recognize the generosity of our blood <<and platelet>> donors,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “With each blood donation, hope is given to patients and their families.”

While the need for blood is ongoing, the supply isn’t – especially around the holidays. In the spirit of the season, give thanks and give hope to someone in need this Thanksgiving by donating blood.

Participating Blood Drives


Sunday, November 20




DeWitt Fitness Center

900 14th St



DeWitt IA 52742

Monday, November 21




Palmyra Community Drive

400 S Lane St.



Palmyra, MO 63461


Hannibal Community Blood Drive

KofC Hall


Kankakee Co. Chapter in Bourbonnais Blood Drive

20 Heritage Drive



Bourbonnais, IL 60914


Limestone Community Church of the Nazarene

863 N. 5000 W Road



Kankakee, IL 60901


Secor St. John's Lutheran Church Blood Drive

212 N. Second St



Secor, Ill


New Hope Parish Community Drive

114 N. Paul



McNabb, Ill 61335


United Methodist Church Blood Drive

423 Wauponis St.



Tonica, Ill 61370

11am - 5pm

UAW Local 974-community room

3025 Springfield Rd



East Peoria, IL 61611

Tuesday, November 22




Clinton Community Blood Drive

912 4th St



Clinton, IA 61252

9am - 3pm

 East Peoria Community High School-commons area

1401 E Washington



East Peoria, IL 61611


St. Anne Community Drive at St. Anne's Parrish Hall

230 N. 6th


Beardstown VFW Blood Drive



Decatur Community Blood Drive

2674 N. Main St.



Decatur, IL 62526


Spring Valley St. Margaret's Hospital

600 E. First St.


Peru Community Blood Drive

1530 4th St.



Peru, IL 61354


Moose Lodge Blood Drive

Route 34



Mendota, IL 61345

Wednesday, November 23




CVS-Red Cross Bus

910 Court Street



Pekin, IL 61554


Quincy Adams Co. Court House Blood Drive

521 Vermont St.


Kewanee Community Blood Drive



Pontiac VFW Blood Drive

531 Lincoln Ave.


Rock Falls Community Drive

112 W. Second St

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.