Champaign County Residents Urged to Roll Up Sleeves and Save Lives for Blood Drives 


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Urbana, IL – In the midst of a critical blood shortage, the American Red Cross is calling on the generosity of Champaign County residents to step up and save lives. A staggering deficit of around 25,000 blood donations during the first two months of summer has left hospital shelves barren of essential blood products. The solution lies in the hands of local heroes, as donors are being offered a compelling incentive this August.

By scheduling a blood or platelet donation appointment during the month of August, residents have the power to ensure that the national blood supply remains at sustainable levels. To sweeten the deal, the American Red Cross is extending a heartfelt thank-you in the form of a $10 e-gift card to donors who answer the call to action.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming blood donation opportunities in Champaign County:

  • Urbana
  • 8/16/2023: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 701 E Florida Ave
  • 8/25/2023: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., University of Illinois Illini Union, 1401 West Green Street

It’s not just Champaign County that needs a helping hand. Iroquois and Livingston Counties are also in dire need of contributions to boost their blood supply:

  • Iroquois County
    • Clifton
    • 8/16/2023: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Community Center, 330 East 4th Ave
    • Onarga
    • 8/16/2023: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Onarga American Legion, 619 W Lincoln Ave
  • Livingston County
    • Fairbury
    • 8/23/2023: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 200 E. Maple Street
    • Pontiac
    • 8/23/2023: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pontiac Township Senior Community Center, 601 N Ladd Street
    • 8/29/2023: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Pontiac Township Senior Community Center, 601 N Ladd Street

With lives hanging in the balance, Champaign County residents have the unique opportunity to be local heroes. Not only will they receive a $10 e-gift card for their selfless act, but they’ll also contribute to the larger mission of saving lives and ensuring that hospitals have the necessary blood products to care for patients in need. By rallying together and making a simple appointment to donate blood or platelets this August, residents can make a profound impact on their community and the nation as a whole.


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