Blood donors needed during holiday season

Posted: Dec. 6, 2018 10:20 am

To The Herald-Whig:

As the holidays approach, our days are filled with preparations, travel and celebrations, but the same activities that bring joy also can negatively impact patients in need of lifesaving transfusions.

In fact, right now, the American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and has issued an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types to give now and avoid delays in medical care for patients. Right now, blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.

On Friday, Dec. 14, the American Red Cross is hosting its 12 Hours of Giving Blood Drive at the Red Cross office in Quincy. We are grateful for those who have supported this annual blood drive in the past, but this year it is even more critical, as we need donations to prevent the shortage from continuing all winter.

There's a chance you may know someone who has been helped by a blood transfusion. Blood and platelet donations are often used in the treatment of those being treated for cancer or sickle cell disease, heart surgery and organ transplant recipients, and accident and burn victims.

On behalf of the Red Cross, I would like to invite everyone to roll up a sleeve and give the perfect gift -- the gift of life. This gift could lead to a lifetime of holiday memories for patients in need. To make an appointment to donate, visit RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800 RED CROSS.

Trish Burnett

executive director

American Red Cross Serving the Quad Cities

and West-Central Illinois