It's a familiar request, but one that fewer people act on during the holiday season- roll up your sleeves and donate blood. There will be a number of opportunities to donate blood at an American Red Cross blood drive in the coming month or so. All blood types are needed, and organizers are hoping for a decent turn out across Madison County.
Dan Fox, spokesman for the American Red Cross, says you can also organize a blood drive.
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He says the weeks before and after the holidays are historically a slow period for blood donations for a number of reasons. Here is a list of the coming blood drives in Madison County:
12/14/2015: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Alhambra Township, Fireman and Legion Park
12/1/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., CALC Institute of Technology, 200 North Center Drive, Suite A
12/2/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus 460, 405 East Fourth St.
12/12/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., YWCA, 304 E. 3rd St.
12/14/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Walgreens, 1650 Washington Ave.
12/7/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Collinsville Memorial Public Library, 408 West Main
12/15/2015: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 1 Columbus Plaza
12/1/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Morris University Center, 30 Hairpin Dr.
12/1/2015: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., LeClaire Christian Church, 1914 Esic Dr
12/2/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 30 Hairpin Dr.
12/4/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Gori Julian & Associates, 156 North Main St.
12/8/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Bank of Edwardsville, 330 West Vandalia
12/5/2015: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rivers of Life Christian School & Rivers of Life Community Church, 3131 E. 23rd Street
12/2/2015: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Ameren Illinois, 2600 N. Center St.
12/5/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Friedens United Church of Christ, 207 W. Center
12/1/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Worden Fire Department, 127 W Wall St.