Be a Hometown Hero and Donate Blood

March 2, 2012

HARRISBURG, Ill. (March 2, 2012) – The American Red Cross continues to provide assistance across the area as they help those affected by recent storms. In Harrisburg, Ill., several upcoming blood donation opportunities exist to help hospital patients in need. 

The Red Cross is grateful to those who are stepping up to donate blood and help maintain a sufficient supply. Every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion. Blood is perishable and has no substitute. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just 5 days – they must be replenished constantly.

“The need for blood is constant,” said Linda Voss, CEO of the River Valley Blood Services Region.  “We want our donors to stay safe when severe weather strikes. But if it is safe to travel, it’s important to schedule a blood or platelet donation appointment to help replenish the blood supply.”

The Red Cross urges all eligible donors in unaffected areas to make an appointment to give blood or platelets today, and those in affected areas to donate as soon as travel is safe, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting All blood types are needed, but there is a special need for donors with type O negative, A negative and B negative blood. Donations will help replenish the Red Cross blood supply to ensure that blood products are readily available for patients with serious medical needs.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

  • Sunday, March 4, noon to 7:00 pm, Little Chapel Church, 3859 Highway 34 N, Harrisburg, Ill. Hot meal provided to all presenting donors.
  • Monday, March 5, 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Carrier Mills-Stonefort High School, 7071 U.S. Route 45 S, Carrier Mills, Ill.
  • Monday, March 19, 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm, First United Methodist Church, 122 W Poplar, Harrisburg, Ill.
  • Wednesday, March 28, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Southeastern Illinois College, 3575 College Road, Harrisburg, Ill.

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 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.