The KFVS12 Summer Blood Drive - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

The KFVS12 Summer Blood Drive

Friday, August 22nd - 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 23rd - 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment to decrease wait times. Walk-ins are welcome but wait times may be longer.

Click here to schedule an appointment
or
Call 1-800-Red-Cross

Please donate at one of these convenient locations throughout the Heartland. Potential donors should be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent form), meet weight requirements, and be in good health.  Donors will need to present a photo ID. 

MISSOURI
Cape Girardeau - West Park Mall (south entrance) (directions)
Dexter - Eagles Lodge (directions)
Perryville - American Legion Hall (directions)
Poplar Bluff - First United Methodist Church (directions)
Sikeston - Sikeston Factory Outlet Mall (directions)

ILLINOIS
Carbondale - University Mall (directions)
Marion - Illinois Star Centre Mall
(directions)
Murphysboro - Davis McCann Center (directions)
Mt. Vernon - Rolland Lewis Community Building (directions)

All donors will also enjoy freshly baked cookies and a $3 gift card from Subway, plus a special Red Cross t-shirt provided by Aaron Sachs & Associates!
(while supplies last, at participating locations)

Special thanks to Subway, Aaron Sachs, and your local Red Cross for helping to sponsor the KFVS12 Summer Blood Drive.

Help prevent an emergency blood shortage by giving blood with KFVS12 and the American Red Cross Aug. 22-23 in the Heartland. Everyone who attempts to donate during the two-day blood drive will receive a Red Cross T-shirt and Subway gift card, while supplies last.

“The Red Cross is proud to once again partner with KFVS12 to help patients in need,” said Scott Caswell, CEO of the Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “The summer months can be a difficult time to collect blood, making blood drives like the KFVS Summer Blood Drive so important.”

The Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent since the beginning of May, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

Appointments to give blood can be made on Aug. 22 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. or Aug. 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at any of the locations listed

All types are needed, but especially type O negative, B negative and A negative. O negative is the universal blood type. This means type O negative blood can be transfused to anyone who needs blood, regardless of their own blood type. It is especially valuable during emergencies, when there is no time to cross-match a person's blood type. That's why it's especially important that people with type O negative blood donate as frequently as they can.

In the Missouri-Illinois region, the Red Cross must collect nearly 800 blood products each day to keep up with demand. Red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days, so they must be replenished constantly. There is no substitute

How to donate blood:
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit CLICK HERE to make an appointment 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

To learn more about blood donationvisit the official American Red Cross web site

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