WSIL-TV, American Red Cross looking for heroes

October 28, 2014

Be a hero and help save lives by donating blood Nov. 14 & 15


CARTERVILLE, Ill. (Oct. 28, 2014) — Be a hero to patients in need by rolling up a sleeve and donating blood with WSIL and the American Red Cross Nov. 14 and 15 at four locations in southern Illinois.


Everyone who attempts to donate will receive a specially designed T-shirt, while supplies last.


“WSIL is a strong voice in the community, and we’re proud to team with them once again to help save lives,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “Hospital patients are in need of heroes, and the Red Cross and WSIL invite all eligible donors to do something heroic by giving blood.”


WSIL-TV Fall Blood Drive

Nov. 14 from 1:30 - 6:30 p.m. & Nov. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the following locations:

University Mall, 1237 E. Main in Carbondale

Harris Pruett Building, 107 E. Church St. in Harrisburg

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

West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church, 4212 Broadway in Mount Vernon


To make an appointment to give at the WSIL-TV Fall Blood Drive, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit and enter sponsor code WSIL. Blood collected at the drive could help a variety of patients, including trauma victims, cancer patients, premature babies and those undergoing surgery.


How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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.