Red Cross, KFVS12 offer blood donors chance to stand out

December 24, 2013

Blood drives slated for Jan. 16-18 at seven locations in Missouri, Illinois


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (Dec. 24, 2013) --Roll up your sleeves with KFVS12 and the American Red Cross to help save lives during the KFVS12 Winter Blood Drive Jan. 16-18. Everyone who attempts to donate blood during the three-day blood drive will receive a Red Cross T-shirt and $3 Subway gift card, while supplies last.


“Every winter the Red Cross typically sees a drop in blood donations, and every winter KFVS12 is there to help keep our supplies stable,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “The Red Cross thanks KFVS12 and their devoted viewers for all their efforts to help save lives.”


Appointments to give blood can be made on Jan. 16 and Jan. 17 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. or Jan. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at any of the locations listed.


KFVS12 Winter Blood Drive


West Park Mall, 3049 William St. in Cape Girardeau

Fraternal Order of Eagles, 13583 Old Highway 25 in Dexter

Perry Park Center, 800 City Park Drive in Perryville

First United Methodist Church, Fifth and North Main in Poplar Bluff

Sikeston Factory Outlet Mall, 100 Outlet Drive in Sikeston



University Mall, 1237 E. Main in Carbondale

Illinois Star Centre Mall, 3000 W. DeYoung St. in Marion


Blood collected during the KFVS12 Winter Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Blood donations typically decline during the winter, due to factors such as holiday travels, inclement weather and seasonal illnesses.



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 consent 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

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.