State Representative Tony McCombie (IL-71st) and the Savanna Fire Department are promoting the Savanna Community Blood Drive on Friday, December 27th from 10:00am-2:00pm at the Savanna Fire Department Truck Bay, 101 Main Street, Savanna.
“We would never be able to host such a successful drive without the incredible support of the Savanna community,” said Laura McGuire, communications manager for the Red Cross Illinois Blood Services Region. “Year after year, the community steps up to the call for blood donations which go toward helping to save lives. We are grateful for those who respond to the constant need for blood donations at such a critical time of the year.”
For an appointment to donate, please call the Red Cross at 815-632-7384 or go to redcross.org. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Donors to the drive will also receive a free gift- an exclusive Red Cross long-sleeved t-shirt (while supplies last).
The winter months can be among the most challenging times of year for the Red Cross to collect enough blood donations. Many donors are busy with holiday activities, and inclement weather can force the cancellation of blood drives. Additionally, some donors become temporarily ineligible because of seasonal illnesses.
Blood donors of all types, especially type O, and platelet donors are urgently needed to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients.
How to Donate: Simply download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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.