According to the American Red Cross, there is an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a shortage this winter. Busy holiday schedules in November and December contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives held across the country compared to the two previous months, which has resulted in about 50,000 fewer donations and reduced the blood supply.
Megan McCantz with the American Red Cross said that people in McDonough County can help by attending a blood drive sponsored by Lameda Alpha Epsilon on Thursday, January 28th, from 10am to 3pm, in the Heritage Room on the second floor of the Western Illinois University Union. McCantz says the public is invited, and she urges everyone to come out noting that every donation can save up to 3 lives.
January is National Blood Donor Month, which has been observed since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood donations during winter- one of the most difficult times of the year to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs.