2013-08-20

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood! You can be a part of saving someone's life by donating to the American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Southwestern Illinois College Red Bud Campus, 500 W. South Fourth St. The campus will host the blood drive Thursday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 123.

You can save the lives of up to three individuals by donating a pint of your blood during the upcoming drive.

"The donations collected at this blood drive will largely be used to help local community members," notes Amy Brockman, student and community services coordinator. "We need every donation to help our region maintain this life-saving resource. We hope to see you!"

All types of blood are needed, especially O Positive. If you do not know your blood type, you can find out when you donate.

To become a donor, you must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. If you are 16 years old and wish to donate in Illinois, you need a permission form signed by your parent or guardian. New donors should bring proper identification, such as a driver's license, to the blood drive.

Individuals are encouraged to set an appointment time, but walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated as quickly as possible.

All presenting donors will receive light refreshments and a place to rest briefly following their donation.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 618-282-6682, ext. 8104, or toll free at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 8104.