The American Red Cross is asking the public to donate blood sometime this summer, and hopefully soon.  The Red Cross has issued an appeal to all blood types, saying there is an urgent need for all blood types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative.

Dan Fox, Communications Manager with the American Red Cross, says they are currently facing a looming blood shortage, and could face an emergency situation in the coming weeks.

Click here for Fox's comments

Blood drives will take place in Bethalto and East Alton next week and here are other drives around the Metro East:

 

Calhoun County

July 28 from 4 - 8 p.m. at American Legion Hall, 163 E. Main in Brussels, Ill.

 

Madison County

July 22 from 2 - 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Council 1098, 4225 Old Alton Road in Granite City, Ill.

July 23 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Bethalto Senior Citizens Center, 100 E. Central St. in Bethalto, Ill.

July 25 from 3 - 6 p.m. at Revive, 1105 W. Beltline Road in Collinsville, Ill.

July 28 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Church, 196 S. Moreland Road in Bethalto, Ill.

July 29 from 1 - 6 p.m. at Rosewood Heights Fire Department, 45 E. Airline Drive in East Alton, Ill.

 

St. Clair County

July 25 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Grand Manor, 58 Frank Scott Parkway East in Swansea, Ill.

July 29 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Caseyville Moose, 8550 Bunkum Road in Caseyville, Ill.

July 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at April Rhoden State Farm Insurance, 4533 N. Illinois St. in Swansea, Ill.

 

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