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Emergency Need for Blood

The American Red Cross has an emergency need for lifesaving blood amid the ongoing severe blood shortage. The Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet the current hospital demand and end the severe blood shortage. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially type O, which stands at just a one-day supply right now.

To thank donors who help ensure a strong blood <and platelet> supply in August, all who come to give Aug. 1-15, 2021, will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive, VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Those who come to donate throughout August will also receive a free 4-month subscription offer to Apple Music by email (new subscribers only). More details are available at

Schedule an appointment to give blood <or platelets> by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 1-15

House of Prayer, 230 North 5th Street Albion, IL 62806

8/2/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Harrisburg Medical Center, 201 Marshall Street Harrisburg, IL 62946

8/5/2021: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  United Methodist Church, 1007 Third Street Eldorado, IL 62930

8/10/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.   Harris Pruett Building, 107 E. Church Street Harrisburg, IL 62946

8/10/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Grayville Community Drive, 118 N Court Street Grayville, IL 62844

8/11/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Evangelical United Methodist Church, 2010 North Cherry Mount Carmel, IL 62863

8/12/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

First Christian Church, 504 Bohleber Drive Carmi, IL 62821

8/12/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

About blood donation

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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 must meet certain height and weight requirements.  Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.


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