March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross is thanking donors for stepping up to maintain the nation’s blood supply amid the pandemic. To express gratitude, the Red Cross is giving a free Red Cross T-shirt to those who give blood between March 15 and March 26.
Red Cross Month blood drives in Bureau and La Salle counties will be held March 16 at St Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley, March 17 at the Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center in Peru, March 18 at First United Methodist Church in Princeton, March 23 and 24 in Streator, March 25 in Marseilles and March 29 in Tonica.
The Red Cross says more donors, especially those with type O blood, are needed. To schedule a blood donation appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-733-2767.
Red Cross blood drive and donation centers are taking safety and infection control measures. These include temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidelines.