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[February 07, 2014]
PEORIA — Like a hospital
emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide
blood for patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a
year. It's the blood already on the shelves and readily available
that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.
Salinas was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident
when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they
credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him
Type O-negative blood is especially needed right now.
O-negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be
transfused to patients with any type.
To help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients in need, the
Red Cross has scheduled two upcoming blood donation opportunities in
Feb. 19, noon-5
p.m., at the Lincoln Park District sports complex, 1400 Primm
Road in Lincoln, Ill.
Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Hartsburg-Emden
Jr.-Sr. High School, 400 W. Front St. in Hartsburg
How to donate blood
To make an appointment to donate blood, or for more information,
call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit
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
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|Need for blood
Every two seconds,
someone in the U.S. needs blood.
percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate
blood, but only 8 percent of those actually donate.
One donation can
help save the lives of multiple people.
The top reason
donors say they give blood is because they "want to
The Red Cross
supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood.
[Text from file received from 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, visit
redcross.org or visit on
Twitter at @RedCross.