Recovery 2011 Blood Drive Sponsors Recognized by the American Red Cross

March 25, 2011

With more than 30,000 blood donations canceled because of severe winter weather across the country during January and part of February, the American Red Cross set out to recover those donations through the support of committed volunteer blood drive hosts and blood donors. The recovery period concluded March 5, and it is with great appreciation that the Red Cross recognized the following hosting organizations for their exceptional efforts in a USA Today advertisement on Thursday, March 17.

Illinois Illinois (continued)
Exchange Club, Aledo The Village Christian Church, Minooka
Mercer County High School, Aledo Caterpillar Building AC, Mossville
Amboy Community Building, Amboy Caterpillar Building BB, Mossville
Ashton-Franklin Center High School, Ashton Mt. Sterling Community Blood Drive, Mount Sterling
VFW Auxiliary Post 1239, Beardstown Lion's Club, Mount Zion
American Legion, Benson Sangamon Valley High School, Niantic
God's Army Ministries, Berwyn Illinois State University Alpha Kappa Psi, Normal
Integrity Technology Solutions, Bloomington Illinois State University Challenge on 74, Normal
OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington Illinois State University Red Alert, Normal
Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Normal
State Farm Corporate, Bloomington Papa Murphy's Take 'n' Bake Pizza, Normal
State Farm NPR Building, Bloomington The Baby Fold, Normal
Bourbonnais Fire Department, Bourbonnais Lion's Club, Odell
Beta Sigma Phi, Bradford Richland Community College, Oreana
St Mary's Catholic Church, Byron Ottawa Regional Hospital and Healthcare Center, Ottawa
Spoon River College, Canton Paris Community Blood Drive, Paris
Casey Community Churches, Casey Excel Foundry, Pekin
University of Illinois Campus Recreation, Champaign Midwest Generation Powerton, Pekin
Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association, Chicago Pekin Hospital, Pekin
Chicago Auto Show 2011, Chicago Pekin Knights of Columbus & Pekin Moose, Pekin
Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago CEFCU, Peoria
East Bank Club, Chicago Federal Building, Peoria
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, Chicago JEMS Basketball, Peoria
Hamilton Partners Inc., Chicago Kellar Primary School, Peoria
John Hope College Prep, Chicago Methodist College of Nursing, Peoria
KPMG, Chicago Northwoods Mall, Peoria
Loyola Student Bar Association, Chicago Pearl Companies, Peoria Heights
Loyola University Lakeshore Campus American Red Cross, Chicago Caterpillar, Pontiac
Northeastern Illinois University Red Cross Club, Chicago Pontiac High School, Pontiac
Robeson High School, Chicago VFW, Pontiac
St. Christina Church, Chicago First United Methodist Church, Princeton
Sullivan's Steakhouse, Chicago Blessing Hospital, Quincy
De Land-Weldon High School, De Land Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Quincy
Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur Faith Presbyterian Church, Quincy
First Church of the Nazarene, Decatur Lutheran Church of St John, Quincy
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Decatur Melrose Chapel United Methodist Church, Quincy
Northern Illinois University Athletics, Dekalb Quincy Mall, Quincy
Northern Illinois University United Campus Ministries, Dekalb Quincy University, Quincy
St Mary's Altar and Rosary, Delavan The Church of St. Peter, Quincy
Church of the Brethren, Dixon Triton College, River Grove
Dixon Elk's Lodge, Dixon Rock Falls Community Blood Drive, Rock Falls
Sauk Valley Community College Student Government, Dixon Faith Christian Family Church, Rushville
St. Anne Elementary School, Dixon Sheridan Correctional Center, Sheridan
Dwight Heritage Woods, Dwight South Pekin Grade School, South Pekin
R R Donnelley, Dwight St. Margaret's Hospital, Spring Valley
Caterpillar Building AD, East Peoria Halo Branded Solutions, Sterling
Maple Lawn Homes, Eureka St Mary's Parish Center, Sterling
Northwestern University Phi Kappa Psi, Evanston First Baptist Church, Streator
Illinois (continued) United Methodist Church, Sycamore
Northwestern University Red Cross Club, Evanston University of Illinois American Medical Student Association, Urbana
Flanagan-Cornell High School, Flanagan University of Illinois Illini Secular Student Alliance, Urbana
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Forrest University of Illinois Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Urbana
Hickory Point Mall, Forsyth University of Illinois Knights of Columbus, Urbana
Hickory Point Mall, Forsyth Prairie Home Alliance, Washington
Bethel Baptist Church, Galesburg  
First United Methodist Church, Galva Iowa
Assembly of God Church, Hamilton Clinton IA Community Blood Drive, Clinton
Hartsburg-Emden Jr. & Sr. High School, Hartsburg Clinton United Methodist Church, Clinton
Hennepin Park District, Hennepin Lyondell Chemical Company, Clinton
ACS Recovery Services, Hoffman East Montrose Community Blood Drive, Donnellson
Hoopeston Area High School, Hoopeston Fort Madison Eagles Club, Fort Madison
Zion United Methodist Church, Hooppole County Market, Keokuk
Kewanee Hospital, Kewanee Keokuk Community Blood Drive, Keokuk
Liberty Lion's Club, Liberty United Methodist Church, Keosauqua
Lincoln Community Blood Drive, Lincoln  
Benedictine University, Lisle Missouri
Lomax Nazarene Church, Lomax AD Stowell Elementary School, Hannibal
West Central Illinois Special Education Coop, Macomb Hannibal Clinic, Hannibal
Western Illinois University Campus Students for Christ, Macomb Hannibal Community Blood Drive, Hannibal
Mansfield Community Blood Drive, Mansfield Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal
Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood Marion County R-2 High School, Philadelphia
Moose Lodge, Mendota Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, Taylor
Metamora High School, Metamora  

Thanks to these organizations and those who donated at the drives, as well as many other blood drive hosts and donors, the blood supply is currently sufficient. But the need for blood is constant. Approximately every two seconds a patient in the United States needs blood. All blood types are needed, especially type O negative, to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. 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.