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Blood, platelet donors needed over holidays

  • Victoria Mueller jokes with Ethan Murrah as Red Cross worker Shelby Lands completes the protocol to complete Murrah's blood donation. Murrah and Mueller were both part of the committee that organized this 2017 blood drive at Johnston City High School.

    Victoria Mueller jokes with Ethan Murrah as Red Cross worker Shelby Lands completes the protocol to complete Murrah's blood donation. Murrah and Mueller were both part of the committee that organized this 2017 blood drive at Johnston City High School.
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SUBMITTED BY JOE ZYDLO
American Red Cross
Posted on 11/24/2021, 12:01 AM

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS -- As many prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving and look ahead at a busy holiday season, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood or platelets.

As a result of low blood donor turnout in recent months and the ongoing effects of COVID-19, the Red Cross is heading into the holidays with its lowest blood supply in more than a decade at this time of year. The pandemic also resulted in fewer blood drives at schools and colleges, contributing to a 34% drop in new blood donors from last year − one of the largest year-to-year decreases and one that could threaten essential medical care for patients. Locally, the Missouri-Arkansas Red Cross Region has experienced a 13.4% decrease in new blood donors this year.

Make an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a thank-you, all donors from Nov. 29-Dec. 16 will get a $10 Amazon gift card by email and will be automatically entered for a chance to win a private screening for 50 guests of "The Matrix Resurrections." Those who make a blood or platelet donation Nov. 24-28 will receive an exclusive pair of Red Cross holiday socks, while supplies last.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities through Dec. 16:

Benton

12/1:12 p.m. -- 5 p.m., Franklin Hospital, 201 Bailey Lane

12/8: 2 p.m. -- 6 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 506 West Main

West Frankfort

11/29: 1 p.m. -- 5 p.m., Weeks Chrysler Dodge Ram Fiat, 10756 IL 149

Carbondale

12/1: 11 a.m. -- 4 p.m., Southern Illinois University Carbondale SIU West Campus, Lentz Hall, 1275 Point

12/1: 1:30 p.m. -- 5:30 p.m., Newman Center, 715 South Washington

12/14: 1:30 p.m. -- 5:30 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 303 South Poplar Street

Elkville

11/29: 12:30 p.m. -- 5:30 p.m., Christian Church, 112 South 2nd

Murphysboro

11/30: 2 p.m. -- 6 p.m., St. Joseph Memorial Hospital, 2 South Hospital Drive

11/30: 2 p.m. -- 6 p.m., Shawnee Amish Church, 559 Springdale Road

12/2: 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m., Jackson County Health Department, 415 Health Department Road

12/7: 10 a.m. -- 3 p.m., Egyptian Electric, 1732 Finney Rd

12/10: 4:45 a.m. -- 8:45 a.m., Penn Aluminum, 1117 North Second Street

12/10: 1 p.m. -- 5 p.m., Penn Aluminum, 1117 North Second Street

Pinckneyville

12/2: 1 p.m. -- 6 p.m., Columbian Club, 312 North Gordon

Carterville

11/30: 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m., John A Logan College, 700 Logan College Road

12/16: 1:30 p.m. -- 6:30 p.m., Carterville Community Center, 120 North Greenbriar

Marion

11/26: 1 p.m. -- 5 p.m., Veteran's Airport, 10400 Terminal Drive, #200

11/30: 2 p.m. -- 6 p.m., Aldersgate Methodist Church, 1201 Fair Street

12/6: 2 p.m. -- 6 p.m., The Journey, 9835 Old Bainbridge Trail

12/9: 1 p.m. -- 6 p.m., Grange Hall, 9950 Grassy Road

12/15: 11 a.m. -- 3 p.m., Pepsi MidAmerica, 2605 West Main Street