Recruit a Friend to Help Boost the Blood Supply

November 18, 2011

American Red Cross encourages Delavan residents to become advocates for blood donation

If you’re looking for ways to increase the impact of your blood donation, become an advocate for patients in need like David Schmidgall, at the Delavan United Methodist Church in Delavan, Monday, December 5 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

David Schmidgall has been a faithful blood donor with the American Red Cross achieving 64 lifetime donations. Recently, David underwent a back surgery and needed 23 pints of blood.

Make an appointment and encourage your friends and family to donate on December 5 at the United Methodist Church in Delavan. Give the gift of life and help unwrap a lifetime of memories for patients in need.

 “You can help the American Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply by becoming a dedicated donor and encouraging others to give the perfect gift,” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the Heart of America Red Cross Blood Services region. “Only 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, so you can give the gift of life and help unwrap a lifetime of memories for patients in need.”

United Methodist Church Blood Drive

In honor of David Schmidgall

Monday, December 5 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Community Room

East Fifth and Locust St.

Delavan, Ill. 61734

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (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.