Wilhour Encourages Blood Donations to Help Save Lives

Many Opportunities in 110th District to Donate

State Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) is asking the people of the 110th District to consider donating blood this month to help increase the supplies used by the American Red Cross and avoid a shortage. According to their current information, the Red Cross is down 50,000 blood donations in the past two months.

“Blood donations are used to help save lives during natural disasters, traffic accidents, farming accidents, and medical procedures to save lives,” said Rep. Blaine Wilhour. “There are many people who are not able to donate blood or blood products because of their own health situation, but if you are able to donate, please consider doing so at one of the many locations around our communities.”

Every two seconds, someone in the United States need blood and all blood types are needed. Universal donors are those with O negative blood type because it can be used in transfusions for any blood type. It is the most common in high demand by hospitals for emergency transfusions and for immune deficient infants.

The American Red Cross of Illinois serves 12.4 million people in 88 counties in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

You may make an appointment using the Red Cross Blood Donor App at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.