September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month and the American Red Cross is spreading the word about upcoming blood drives in hopes seeing an increase in donations. Since the beginning of May, donations in the nation are down eight-percent and locally, donations are six-percent lower than expectations according to Communications Manager Dan Fox.
He says it is critical to have donors come out to upcoming drives if possible.
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Fox says donations are typically lower in the summer for a number of reasons but he is optimistic that numbers will rise this fall. You can find a list of upcoming blood drives and other information by visiting www.redcrossblood.org
Upcoming Drives in Madison County
Sept. 2 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Edwardsville Public Library, 112 S. Kansas in Edwardsville
Sept. 8 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Alhambra Township, Fireman and Legion Park in Alhambra
Sept. 12 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Greater Alton Church, 506 E. Airline Drive in Rosewood Heights
Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Blu Fountain Manor, 1623 W. Delmar in Godfrey
Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Worden Fire Department, 127 W. Wall St. in Worden
Sept. 15 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Walgreens, 1650 Washington Ave. in Alton