Red Cross invites eligible donors to give blood during National
Blood Donor Month
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[January 03, 2014]
PEORIA — January is National
Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross invites those who are
eligible to join the millions of blood donors across the country in
helping ensure a stable blood supply for patients in need.
People have many different reasons for donating blood. Jill Long's
is her late husband, Bill, who died from esophageal cancer. After
his Stage 4 diagnosis, he was able to survive for three more years,
thanks in part to the blood transfusions he received. Long said she
believes "the gift of time" is what blood donors really give.
took me only a few minutes to donate my blood, while he spent all
day receiving someone else's — just so that he could keep fighting
to stay alive," she said.
They were both grateful for that opportunity to fight, Long said.
Now, as a blood donor, she said she feels like she can help other
families in similar situations "battle to stay together as long as
January can be a difficult month to collect donations, due to
inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. The Red Cross encourages
eligible donors to make an appointment to give during National Blood
Donor Month by visiting
www.redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS
Upcoming Red Cross blood donation
opportunity in Logan County:
- Jan. 15, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Lincoln Park District
sports complex, 1400 Primm Road in Lincoln
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit
make an appointment to donate blood 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 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 is constant
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
One donation can help save the lives of multiple
The top reason donors say they give blood is because
they "want to help others."
The Red Cross supplies about 40 percent of the
[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
www.redcross.org or visit on
Twitter at @RedCross.