Red Cross Offers Scrubby Bear Program at Blood Drives

November 23, 2009

PEORIA, Ill. – The Central Illinois Chapter and the Heart of America Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross are teaming up with local malls to raise awareness about proper hand-washing techniques during flu season.

H1N1 (swine flu) and seasonal flu are on everyone’s mind. That’s why three upcoming American Red Cross blood drives will feature the Scrubby Bear youth program. During this fun, hands-on presentation, children of all ages can learn about their immune systems, how to cover coughs and sneezes, and how to thoroughly clean their hands. Red Cross instructors will also hand out Scrubby Bear coloring sheets outlining the six steps to proper hand-washing.

To be eligible to give blood, you must be at least 16 years old (with parental consent), but there is no age limit for the Scrubby Bear program! Everyone is invited to stop by the blood drives listed below to learn more.

Upcoming Blood Drives Featuring the Scrubby Bear Youth Program

  • Saturday, November 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (open storefront between Aeropostale and the Digital Store)
  • Saturday, December 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shoppes at Grand Prairie (open storefront between Aeropostale and the Digital Store)
  • Saturday, January 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Northwoods Mall (JC Penney Court)

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) 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.


Peoria, IL
United States
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