River Radio Summer 2018 Blood Drive
Date and Time: Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 1 pm to 6 pm
Locations: University Mall in Carbondale
Davis McCann Center in Murphysboro
Veterans Airport in Marion
American Legion Hall in Du Quoin
Benton Public Library in Benton
Shawnee Community College in Ullin
Goal: 130 pints of blood (1 person donates 1 pint of blood)
Incentive: St. Louis Cardinals Baseball t-shirt for all presenting donors
- The Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donations.
- The summer months can be an incredibly difficult time of year for the Red Cross to maintain an adequate blood supply.
- With many regular donors taking vacations and high schools and colleges out for summer, blood donations tend to decline in the summer.
- Twenty percent (20%) of the nation’s blood supply comes from high school and college aged donors, and when school is out for summer, the Red Cross tends to see a decline in donations from that age group.
- The Red Cross must collect about 14,000 donations every day for patients in need at hospitals across the country.
- Every two seconds someone in the country needs a blood transfusion.
- The entire donation process takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour, and includes a mini health history, the donation process which only takes about 5 to 10 minutes, and a stop at the refreshment table for about 15 minutes after donating.
- Any healthy individual age 16 and older can donate blood in the state of Illinois – 16 year olds must have a parental consent form signed, which are available at the blood drives.
- Blood products, including red cells, platelets and plasma, are used to help cancer patients, accident victims, new born babies, heart surgery patients, and burn victims.
- One in 10 patients entering the hospital will need a blood transfusion.