WSIL-TV, American Red Cross partner to help save lives

June 5, 2014

WSIL-TV Summer Blood Drive is scheduled for June 20-21 in southern Illinois


CARTERVILLE, Ill. (June 5, 2014) — Step up to the plate and donate blood with WSIL-TV and the American Red Cross at the WSIL-TV Summer Blood Drive June 20-21 at four locations in southern Illinois.


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


“The Red Cross is proud to once again partner with WSIL-TV to help patients in need,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “The summer months can be a difficult time to collect blood, making blood drives like the WSIL-TV Summer Blood Drive so important.”


WSIL-TV Summer Blood Drive:

June 20 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. & June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

University Mall, 1237 E. Main in Carbondale

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

Wal-Mart Super Center, 110 Davidson Road in Mount Vernon

Kroger, 601 S. Commercial St. in Harrisburg


To make an appointment to give, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit and enter sponsor code WSIL. Blood collected at the WSIL-TV Summer Blood Drive could help a variety of patients, including trauma victims, cancer patients, premature babies and those undergoing surgery.



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.