The American Red Cross is appealing to the public as we move through the summer months to give the gift of life.  The entire process of giving blood takes about an hour, including paperwork, testing, donation time, and that popular post donation hospitality.  Several blood drives are planned for the River Bend over the next month.

American Red Cross Blood Executive Director Robin Summers says donations during the summer are usually down.

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You can call the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE if you have any questions.  Blood drives will take place around Madison County in August, along with a couple in Macoupin County.  You can find a list of those drives here:

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
 
 
 
Macoupin County
 
Aug. 12 from 2-7 p.m. at Shipman Elevator Co., 3620 Route 16 in Shipman,
Ill.
 
Aug. 14 from 1-6 p.m. at Masonic Temple, 118 E. Main in Staunton, Ill.
 
 
 
Madison County
 
Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Lewis & Clark Community College, 5800
Godfrey Road in Godfrey, Ill.
 
Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lewis & Clark Community College, 5800
Godfrey Road in Godfrey, Ill.
 
Aug. 7 from 2:15-7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, 405 E. Fourth St. in Alton,
Ill.
 
Aug. 7 from 3-7 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 10 N. Center St.
in East Alton, Ill.
 
Aug. 13 from 2-6 p.m. at Gateway Family Church, 97 Oaklawn Drive in Glen
Carbon, Ill.
 
Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Bank of Edwardsville, 330 W. Vandalia
in Edwardsville, Ill.
 
Aug. 14 from 4-8 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
6500 Humbert Road in Godfrey, Ill.

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