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Red Cross: Urgent need for blood and platelet donations now

Submitted by Joe Zydlo
American Red Cross
Posted on 11/27/2018, 2:11 PM

ST. LOUIS -- The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season.

Blood and platelet donations often decline during the holidays. Regular donors are busy with holiday activities, and travel and severe winter weather may cause blood drive cancellations. Yet donations remain critical for patients like 4-year-old Wyatt Monacelli who is in the midst of intense chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. He has received a number of transfusions since his diagnosis in June and will likely need more.

"We are fortunate to have had so many donors give the gift of life to our child so far throughout the course of his treatment, and even more so, we are lucky to have had a supply of blood available for him when he needed it," said Julianna Monacelli, Wyatt's mother.

Donors are urged to give now to ensure that families like Wyatt's don't have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. In thanks for helping meet the urgent need around the holidays, all those who come to donate blood or platelets now through Dec. 19, 2018, will receive a $5 Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at

Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Another way to help keep the blood supply strong is to host a Red Cross blood drive this winter. To learn more about hosting a blood drive and to sign up, visit

Upcoming blood donation opportunities are at the following locations Nov. 28-Dec. 19:

Perry County


12/10/2018: 2 p.m. -- 6 p.m., Cutler Community Center, 409 South Main


12/14/2018: 1 p.m. -- 5 p.m., Pinckneyville Community Hospital, 5383 State Route 154

Franklin County


12/4/2018: 3 p.m. -- 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 506 West Main

12/12/2018: 12:30 p.m. -- 5 p.m., Franklin Hospital, 201 Bailey Lane


11/30/2018: 9 a.m. -- 2 p.m., Zeigler Royalton High School, 4989 State Highway 148 North

Jackson County


12/5/2018: 1 p.m. -- 5 p.m., Southern Illinois University Carbondale Lindegren Hall, 120 Lindegren, SIU Mailcode 6516

12/5/2018: 1 p.m. -- 6 p.m., Lentz Hall, Lentz Hall, 1275 Point

12/7/2018: 10 a.m. -- 3 p.m., Southern Illinois University Carbondale Greek Student Center, 1255 Lincoln Drive

12/9/2018: 11:30 a.m. -- 3:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 306 West Monroe

12/11/2018: 2 p.m. -- 6 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 303 South Poplar Street

12/14/2018: 10 a.m. -- 3 p.m., SIH System Office, University Mall, 1239 East Main


12/7/2018: 3 p.m. -- 7 p.m., Pleasant Hill Christian Church, 6415 Ava Road

Williamson County


11/28/2018: 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m., John A Logan College, 700 Logan College Road

12/5/2018: 2:30 p.m. -- 6:30 p.m., Carterville Community Center, 120 North Greenbriar


11/28/2018: 4 p.m. -- 8 p.m., Herrin Church of Christ, 3101 South Park Avenue

12/4/2018: 2 p.m. -- 6 p.m., Herrin Chamber of Commerce, 3 South Park Street


12/3/2018: 4 p.m. -- 7:30 p.m., Jefferson Elementary, 700 East Boulevard

12/4/2018: 2 p.m. -- 6 p.m., Aldersgate Methodist Church, 1201 Fair Street

12/12/2018: 3 p.m. -- 7 p.m., Cornerstone Community Church, 2705 Walton Way