Cross invites eligible donors to give blood during National Blood
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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.
"It 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 possible."
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
calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
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
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS
(1-800-733-2767) or visit
www.redcrossblood.org to 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 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.