MoDOT, IDOT Embark on Blood Donor Challenge

August 27, 2012

Transportation Departments Compete To Collect Blood Donations


The Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation, two agencies devoted to helping citizens on our area roads, also want to help patients in area hospitals in need of blood.  MoDOT in Sikeston, MO, and IDOT in Carbondale, IL, are partnering in a friendly competition to see which department can attract more presenting blood donors to their respective American Red Cross blood drives on September 5.

The two departments are taking part in the Blood Donor Challenge, and encouraging citizens to donate blood.  The winner of the challenge will be the department that attracts the most presenting donors to its respective blood drive.  The winning department will receive a travelling plaque from the Red Cross.

Eligible donors can give blood with the Missouri Department of Transportation on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 6:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the MoDOT facility at 2675 North Main Street in Sikeston, or the Illinois Department of Transportation on September 5 from 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the IDOT facility at 2801 West Murphysboro Road in Carbondale. 

This friendly challenge between the two departments comes at a crucial time for the Red Cross.  Blood donations through the Red Cross at the beginning of the summer were lower than expected; in fact, in June donations nationwide were down more than 10 percent.  While the Red Cross has seen somewhat of a rebound in donations since then, an emergency call for blood remains.

The Red Cross thanks both agencies for their participation and their efforts to raise blood donations.  Regardless of which one wins the Blood Donor Challenge, the real winners are the recipients of the blood, whose lives may be saved thanks in part to the generosity of blood donors.

Please consider participating in this fun challenge, and most importantly, helping save lives.  You can make an appointment to donate blood at any of the drives listed below by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or going to 

How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at