Red Cross: Blood supply remains seriously low | Events
FRANKLIN COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The local Red Cross reports their blood supply remains seriously low and reminds eligible blood donors to make and keep appointments.
On Monday, the American Red Cross said their supplies remain low even after thousands of area supporters responded to the national appeal for blood donations. They say blood products are going out to area hospitals just as quickly as donations are coming in.
According to the Red Cross, the massive heat wave overtaking most of the country is hurting blood collection at a time when the Red Cross has been working to rebuild its inventories. They said the sizzling temperatures have made it extremely difficult to recruit sufficient number of donors to give blood.
Nationally, heat-related issues have forced the Red Cross to cancel blood drives or close them early, causing the cancellation of hundreds of scheduled blood donations.
“The Red Cross is grateful to everyone who has come forward to give blood in response to this appeal, but we still need donors to make appointments in the coming days and weeks to help us ensure that all patient blood needs can be met,” said Scott L. Caswell, CEO of the American Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region.
To help with the blood shortage, the St. Louis Rams are partnering with the American Red Cross to encourage health people to "Be Extraordinary" and turn their typical summer day into an extraordinary gift for a patient in need.
From now through September 5, all those who attempt to donate blood at an American Red Cross blood drive or blood donation center will have an opportunity to buy discounted tickets at the Ram's website and be entered to win a weekly $250 gas card drawing.
You can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go online to schedule an appointment to donate blood or platelets. Platelets can be donated at an American Red Cross blood donation center and help in the clotting process to prevent or stop bleeding. They are vital in helping patients with leukemia or other cancers.
Upcoming Southern Missouri blood drives include:
- July 26 - Perry Park Center, 800 City Park Drive, Perryville, Mo. (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
- July 28 - Slicer Street Church of Christ, 310 Slicer Street, Kennett, Mo. (2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
- August 1 - Perry County Memorial Hospital, 434 North West Street, Perryville, Mo. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
- August 1 - Oak Tree Inn, 1608 U.S. 60 Business West, Dexter, Mo. (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
- August 1 - Delta Community Center, 211 Rear State Street, P.O. Box 12, Delta, Mo. (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
- August 2 - First General Baptist Church, 1506 South Farmington Road, Jackson, Mo. (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
- August 3 - Church of Christ, 310 North Shawnee, Jackson, Mo. (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
- August 4 - Dexter Church of Christ, 1014 North One Mile Road, Dexter, Mo. (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
- August 4 - Concordia Lutheran Church, 1099 PCR 444, Frohna, Mo. (2 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Upcoming Southern Illinois blood drives include:
- July 26 - Whittington Church, 200 Main Street, Whittington, Ill. (2 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
- July 27 - Franklin Hospital, 201 Bailey Lane, Benton, Ill. (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
- July 27 - Marion First Church of God, 104 Broeking Road, Marion, Ill. (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
- July 27 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - 7168 Old Rte. 13, Carbondale, Ill. (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
- July 28 - Southern Illinois University, Morris Library, 605 Agriculture Drive, Carbondale, Ill. (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
- July 28 - Center for Medical Arts, 2601 West Main, Carbondale, Ill. (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
- July 31 - Zion United Church of Christ, 930 West Cherry, Marion, Ill. (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
- July 31 - The View First Baptist Church, 1201 South Giant City Road, Carbondale, Ill. (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
- August 2 - American Legion Hall, 305 South Chester, Steeleville, Ill. (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
- August 2 - Aldersgate Methodist Church, 1201 Fair Street, Marion, Ill. (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
- August 4 - Holiday Inn Express-Sparta, 1301 North Market Street, Sparta, Ill. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
- August 8 - First United Methodist Church, 214 West Main Street, Carbondale, Ill. (2 p.m. to 6 p.m)
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