DECATUR - American Red Cross officials are asking eligible blood donors in Illinois to give blood regularly in 2015, starting with National Blood Donor Month in January.
Officials say National Blood Donor Month has been observed every January since 1970, and recognizes the importance of donating blood and platelets. Winter is a difficult time of year to collect enough blood, as the inclement weather can result in the cancellation of blood drives, and seasonal illnesses could cause some donors to miss blood donation appointments.
Officials say all blood types are needed, especially B negative, A negative, and O negative. Those who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are in good health are eligible to donate blood. To learn more about donating blood, or to schedule an appointment, call (800) 733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
We've included a list of donation times and locations below:
Arcola 1/13/2015: 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., The Arcola Center, 107 West Main Street
Decatur 1/2/2015: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., American Red Cross, 2674 North Main Street 1/3/2015: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 201 West North Street 1/6/2015: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., American Red Cross, 2674 North Main Street 1/8/2015: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., American Red Cross, 2674 North Main Street 1/13/2015: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., American Red Cross, 2674 North Main Street 1/15/2015: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., American Red Cross, 2674 North Main Street
Forsyth 1/9/2015: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Decatur Christian School, 137 South Grant Street
Manito 1/15/2015: 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Forman Center, 308 South Harrison