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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 recover.
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 Logan County:
Feb. 19, noon-5 p.m., at the
Lincoln Park District sports complex, 1400 Primm Road in
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
redcrossblood.org. 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.
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|Need for blood is
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.
Thirty-eight 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 help
The Red Cross supplies
about 40 percent of the nation's blood.