Celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

PEORIA, Ill. (April 15, 2014) — World Red Cross Day is a time to recognize worldwide efforts to advocate for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, disaster, war or famine.

The American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to support these humanitarian efforts by making an appointment to donate lifesaving blood this May. The need is constant, and all blood types are needed, especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative.

Each year, World Red Cross Day is celebrated on May 8, the birthday of Henry Dunant, who officially founded the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement nearly 100 years ago.

For more than 130 years, the Red Cross has been dedicated to helping people in communities large and small across the U.S. It is the only humanitarian services organization that provides blood services, serves as the emergency communication link between military personnel and their families, offers health and safety training and responds to disasters of all types and sizes.

Join the Red Cross family this month and make an appointment to give blood in honor of World Red Cross Day by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Henry County

May 1 from 12-6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church S Campus Bldg, 302 N. State St. in Geneseo, Ill.

May 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cambridge American Legion Post 417, 111 N. Prospect St. in Cambridge, Ill.

May 8 from 2-6 p.m. at St John's Vianney Church, 313 S. West St. in Cambridge, Ill.

May 14 from 2-6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St. in Kewanee, Ill.

May 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kewanee Royal Oaks Care Center, 605 E. Church St. in Kewanee, Ill.

Knox County

May 6 from 2-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 143 E. Main St. in Galesburg, Ill.

May 13 from 2-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 143 E. Main St. in Galesburg, Ill.

Mercer County

May 12 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sherrard High School, 4701 176th in Sherrard, Ill.

May 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Aledo Genesis Medical Center, 409 North West 9th Ave. in Aledo, Ill.

How to donate blood

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