The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July. CEO for the Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region Scott Caswell says every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Each day donations come up short, less blood is available for patients in need. Nationwide, donations through the Red Cross were down approximately 10 percent in June, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected. The shortfall is similar to what the Red Cross experienced in June 2012. There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients - must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.
Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities
American Red Cross Cape Girardeau Blood Donation Center
20 S. Mount Auburn Road
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
July 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, Main Street in Leopold, Mo.
July 12 from 12-6 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 825 Vine St. in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
July 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Butler County Health Department, 1619 N. Main in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
July 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John J. Pershing VA Medical Center, 1500 N. Westwood in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Cape Girardeau County
July 11 from 2-7 p.m. at Missouri Department of Conservation, 2289 County Park Drive in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
July 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Francis Medical Center, 211 St. Francis Drive in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
July 22 from 2-6 p.m. at Culvers, 295 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
July 23 from 3-7 p.m. at Osage Community Centre, 1625 N. Kingshighway in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
July 10 from 2-6 p.m. at Senath Church of Christ, 202 E. Commercial in Senath, Mo.
July 18 from 2-6 p.m. at Campbell General Baptist Church, Highway 53 North in Campbell, Mo.
July 19 from 2-6 p.m. at Bootheel Youth Museum, 700 N. Douglass St. in Malden, Mo.
July 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, 1301 First St. in Kennett, Mo.
July 10 from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at Illinois Department of Transportation, 2801 W. Murphysboro Road in Carbondale, Ill.
July 17 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 127, 1700 Gartside in Murphysboro, Ill.
July 18 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at Bower Park, South Third Street in Ava, Ill.
July 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Student Center, 1255 Lincoln Drive in Carbondale, Ill.
Perry County (Mo.)
July 16 from 12-6 p.m. at Perry Park Center, 800 City Park Drive in Perryville, Mo.
July 10 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Walgreens, 229 N. Main St. in Sikeston, Mo.
July 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Orscheln Farm & Home, 1401 E. Malone Ave. in Sikeston, Mo.
July 15 from 3-7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 307 W. Main in Bernie, Mo.
July 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 2025 W. Business Highway 60 in Dexter, Mo.
July 19 from 1-5 p.m. at Bank of Advance, 105 E. Gabriel in Advance, Mo.
July 10 from 2-6 p.m. at Illinois Star Centre, 3000 W. DeYoung St. in Marion, Ill.
July 11 from 2-6 p.m. at Illinois Star Centre, 3000 W. DeYoung St. in Marion, Ill.
July 12 from 1-5 p.m. at River to River Residential, 1515 E. Deyoung in Marion, Ill.
July 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rural King, 1301 Enterprise Way in Marion, Ill.
July 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 600 N. Russell in Marion, Ill.
July 15 from 1-6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 300 S. 17th St. in Herrin, Ill.
July 17 from 4-8 p.m. at Herrin Church of Christ, 3101 S. Park Ave. in Herrin, Ill.
July 22 from 2-6 p.m. at Herrin Elks, 221 E. Monroe St. in Herrin, Ill.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 permission 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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