KFVS12 and the local American Red Cross are teaming up for the annual Heartland Blood Drive, a region-wide effort to supply the area with much-needed blood supplies. This year’s drive is sponsored by Isle Casino and Subway.
The event takes place at 7 locations throughout the Heartland:
- Cape Girardeau - Mount Auburn Christian Church (directions)
- Sikeston - Elks Lodge 2319 (directions)
- Poplar Bluff - First United Methodist Church (directions)
- Dexter - Harry Blackwell Dodge Showroom (directions)
- Perryville - Perry Park Center (directions) will open at 11:30 a.m.
- Carbondale - University Mall (directions) will open at 11:30 a.m.
- Marion - Closed Saturday due to weather
The specific dates and times for all locations are:
- Thursday, January 10 | 1:30-6:30 p.m.
- Friday, January 11 | 1:30-6:30 p.m.
- Saturday, January 12 | 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Fresh cookies will be supplied by Subway at participating locations. Donors will also receive a free long sleeve t-shirt (while supplies last).
Walk-in donors are always welcome, but the Red Cross recommends that donors schedule appointments.
CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment online. You can also call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule by telephone.
Use RAPID PASS on the day of your donation to make the process even faster!
In the Missouri-Illinois region, the Red Cross must collect nearly 800 blood products each day to keep up with demand. Red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days, so they must be replenished constantly. There is no substitute
The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day meet the needs of patients at nearly 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types are needed to give now to help ensure blood is available for patients in need. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and power red cells can be donated every 112 days.
Blood collected during the KFVS12 Heartland Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Blood donations typically decline during the winter, due to factors such as holiday travels, inclement weather, and seasonal illnesses. According to the Red Cross, the Heartland Blood Drive has set new standards in the entire Midwest for single event collection totals, collecting nearly 26,000 units in the 22 years of the drive.
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.
Blood donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.