Donate blood and give thanks to those who have served

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

PEORIA, Ill. (Oct. 15, 2012) — During November, a time to give thanks and celebrate Veterans Day, the American Red Cross invites eligible donors to give blood and honor those who have served the country in the U.S. armed forces.

The Red Cross serves more than 3,000 hospitals nationwide, including many Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. Currently, all blood types are needed, especially O negative, B negative and A negative. Type O negative, the universal blood type, can potentially be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.

Another way to honor military personnel is by making a contribution to support Service to the Armed Forces, a Red Cross program that offers resources for deployed service members and their families, provides emergency communications, and supports hospital outreach and veterans programs. Learn more at redcross.org.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Peoria County

Nov. 1 from 7-11:30 a.m. at Proctor Professional Building, 5409 N. Knoxville in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Proctor Professional Building, 5409 N. Knoxville in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 2 from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 3 from 7:30-11:30 a.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church, 10811 Knoxville Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 5 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 1010 S. Louisa St. in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 5 from 12-6 p.m. at Markin Center, 819 N. Glenwood in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 6 from 12-6 p.m. at Markin Center, 819 N. Glenwood in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 7 from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 7 from 12-6 p.m. at Markin Center, 819 N. Glenwood in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 9 from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 9 from 2-6 p.m. at Elmwood Elementary School, 501 N. Morgan in Elmwood, Ill.

Nov. 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at OSF Patient Accounts and Access Center, 7915 N. Hale Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 10 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 14 from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Peoria Blood Donation Center, 405 W. John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. in Peoria, Ill.

Tazewell County

Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Rivers Edge United Methodist Church, 500 N. Chicago St. in Spring Bay, Ill.

Nov. 5 from 12:30-6:30 p.m. at Five Points Washington, 360 N. Wilmor in Washington, Ill.

Nov. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dee Mack High School, 401 E. Fifth St. in Mackinaw, Ill.

Nov. 12 from 1-6:30 p.m. at Baptist Church, 105 E. Walnut St. in Tremont, Ill.

Nov. 12 from 2-7 p.m. at Mackinaw Christian Church, 201 S. Orchard in Mackinaw, Ill.

Nov. 14 from 3:15-7:15 p.m. at LaSalle Elementary School, 300 N. Highland Ave. in Creve Coeur, Ill.

Nov. 15 from 12-6 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 101 N. Eighth St. in Pekin, 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 consent 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.