A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood donors to prevent a shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.
The weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, Red Cross blood and platelet collections were down by more than 27,000 units relative to the amount needed to sustain a sufficient supply. During this period, volunteer sponsor groups hosted about 1,350 fewer drives than required to meet patient needs as busy holiday schedules kept many donors away.
All eligible donors, especially those with type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to give in the coming days. Eligible donors can find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 800-733-2767. Volunteer blood donor hosts also are critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:
• Noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 255 E. Bluff St., Marseilles.
• 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1501 La Salle St., Ottawa.
• Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, Carpenters Local 174,1001 Boyce Memorial Drive, Ottawa
• 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, First Baptist Church, 1401 State St., Ottawa.
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, Illinois Valley Community Hospital Office Building,1305 Sixth St., Peru.
• Noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 Fourth St., Peru.
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, Serena High School, 2283 N. 3812 Road, Serena.
• 1:45 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, New Beginnings Baptist Church, 204 S. Monroe St., Streator.
• 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21,United Methodist Church, 423 Wauponis St., Tonica.