River Radio Summer 2018 Blood Drive

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.