Red Cross in critical need of blood donations

37,000 fewer donations were made in December and November than were needed

Illinois Valley Community College and Illini Valley Association of Realtors will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 in the IVCC gym in response to an emergency call for blood and platelet donations due to a severe winter blood shortage.

Many regular donors and others look forward to the Media Day Blood Drive slated this year from 11 5:30 p.m. January 23 at WesBanco Arena. This is partially because of severe weather across the country in November and December.

You can help fix the shortage by scheduling to donate.

Introducing Rapid Pass, which offers donors a way to complete their prereading and donation questions online from the comfort and privacy of their home or office, reducing the time they spend at blood drives by as much as 15 minutes. Blood products already donated are going out faster than donations are coming in, officials said.

To find a blood donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800- 733-2767). "Hospital patients need access to many different types of blood, however, we especially encourage our O-negative donors to give when possible", said Barraza. "This simple act can have a profound impact on another human being", said Horvath.

It's from 11 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

"Hero, life saver. That's what he's basically doing", says American Red Cross employee Joe Zydlo. This includes victims of accidents, burns, those having heart surgery and organ transplants, and people who are receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer, and sickle cell disease.

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