Red Cross Needs Blood Donors


Decatur IL – More than 44 thousand blood donations are needed every day. The Red Cross Supplies about 40 percent of those donations, and they need donors.


Blood drives are coming up in several Central Illinois cities.


Christian County

Oct. 29 from 1-6 p.m. at Central A&M High School, 229 E. Pine St. in Moweaqua, Ill.


Coles County

Oct. 22 from 1-6 p.m. at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston Lawson Hall, 2151 Fourth St. in Charleston, Ill.

Oct. 23 from 1-6 p.m. at KC Summers, 117 S. 19th St. in Mattoon, Ill.

Oct. 26 from 1-6 p.m. at Charleston Middle School, 910 Smith Drive in Charleston, Ill.

Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Family Video, 909 Lincoln in Charleston, Ill.

Oct. 31 from 2-6 p.m. at SolixCMR LLC, 700 W. Lincoln in Charleston, Ill.


Cumberland County

Oct. 17 from 1-6 p.m. at Neoga High School, 790 E. Seventh St. in Neoga, Ill.


Effingham County

Oct. 23 from 2-6 p.m. at Dieterich High School, Church and Pine in Dieterich, Ill.

Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Anthony High School, 304 Roadway Ave. in Effingham, Ill.

Oct. 29 from 1-6 p.m. at Beecher City High School, 438 E. State Highway 33 in Beecher City, Ill.

Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Altamont High School, 7 S. Ewing in Altamont, Ill.


How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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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