Blood drives are being held over the next few weeks in an attempt to keep up with the need.  While donations are usually down during the winter months, it's not due to a lack of blood drives.  There are a number of drives taking place over the next couple of weeks in Madison and Jersey County, including events in Moro, Godfrey and Wood River.

American Red Cross Spokesman Dan Fox says almost anyone can give blood, but this is the time of year when many donors get distracted with holiday preparations. 

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Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center spokesman Tad Middleton says they would like to see more first time donors.

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There are other stipulations and guidelines, and you can contact the either agency for specific details. 

Coming Red Cross blood drives:

 

Alton

 

12/22/2014: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Alton Memorial Hospital, One Memorial Drive

 

12/24/2014: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m., Alton Square Mall, 200 Alton Square

 

12/31/2014: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Alton Square Mall, 200 Alton Square

 

 

 

Jerseyville

 

12/21/2014: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Susnig Center, 401 Mount Street

 

 

 

Wood River

12/23/2014: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., Wood River Public Library, 326 East Ferguson

 

Coming Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center blood drives:

 

12/17: Saint Anthony’s Hospital – Alton, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

 

12/17: Alton Physical Therapy – Alton, 2-6 p.m.

 

12/20: Edwardsville Open at Edwardsville High School - Edwardsville, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

12/22: Team TK at Edwardsville KC Hall – Edwardsville, 4-7 p.m.

 

12/26: Alton Square Mall with Faccin Chiropractic at Alton Square Mall – Alton, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

 

12/27: Alton Square Mall with Faccin Chiropractic at Alton Square Mall – Alton, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

12/29: Alton Square Mall – Alton, 2-6 p.m.

 

12/30: Alton Square Mall – Alton, 2-6 p.m.

 

 

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