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