Red Cross urges need for blood donations in wake of hurricane

September 20, 2018

The American Red Cross has two blood donation events coming up in DeKalb County, but given the need for donations along the eastern seaboard, there’s a sense of urgency if you’re willing to drive a bit to donate.

The Northern Illinois University Homecoming Blood Drive will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at Chick Evans Fieldhouse, where donated blood is expected to save 74 lives, according to a news release from the Red Cross.

Another collection will happen from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Sandwich American Legion/VFW Blood Drive in the community room at 713 S. Main St.

In the meantime, though, events will be held throughout northern Illinois, including a Sept. 25 event from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Hospital, 600 E. First St. in Spring Valley. Opportunities abound in the upcoming weeks throughout Kankakee, La Salle, Whiteside and Iroquois counties. To see the full list and make an appointment, download the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-733-2767.

According to the release, Hurricane Florence caused nearly 200 blood drives to be canceled, meaning the loss of more than 5,200 potential blood and platelet donations.

You can also donate cash to the effort by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-733-2767, or texting the word “Florence” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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