When was the last time you felt like a hero or that you had really made a "difference”? Generous Americans have been donating blood on a regular basis but recently, our blood supply has dropped to an all time low due to the many demands being made for blood, which is why your help is needed more today than ever before.
A continuous supply of blood is the backbone of our healthcare system. Blood cannot be manufactured; it is a uniquely human resource. People must rely on the generosity of other human donors to provide our blood supply. Every day, more than 1,000 donor volunteers are needed to meet patient demand.
Despite the many opportunities to give blood, and the faithful generosity of many individuals, donations continue to fall short of the demand for blood and blood products. Nationally, less than 5% of the eligible population gives blood, but approximately 90% of us will need blood during our lifetimes.
This is where each and every one of us should stop to consider that in promoting or assisting in the organization of a Blood Drive, that this might well save someone’s life. That life may be a loved one, someone in the military, or someone in one of our many hospitals throughout the United States. Remember, one unit of donated blood can save three lives.
All Posts in the state should make an all out effort to meet patient demand when it comes to our blood supply. I ask that each District Commander join with their District Blood Chairperson to help the Posts of your District to set up a time and place for their Blood Drive. Working together, as a team, may very well bring about fantastic results.
To find out where you can donate blood, visit www.givelife.org or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE, 1-800-448-3543. In the Chicago land area, you should contact Life Source at www.lifesource.org or call 1-877-543-3768.
ILLINOIS BLOOD CENTERS
CENTRAL ILLINOIS COMMUNITY BLOOD BANK COMMUNITY BLOOD SERVICES OF ILLINOIS
1134 S. 7th Street 1408 W. University
Springfield, Illinois 62703 Urbana, Illinois 61801
(217) 753-1530 (217) 367-2202
DANVILLE ELKS COMMUNITY BLOOD BANK HEARTLAND BLOOD CENTERS
300 E. Liberty Lane 1200 Highland Avenue
Danville, Illinois 61832 Aurora, Illinois 60506
(217) 442-0789 (630) 892-7055
VITALANT (Formerly Lifesource)
17 Community Donor Centers Across Chicagoland
Call: 1 877 543 3768
or Visit: Vatalant.org
ROCK RIVER VALLEY BLOOD CENTER
Locations: Headquarters & Downtown Donor Center
419 north Sixth Street, Rockford, IL 61107
Perryville Donor Center
3065 North Perryville Road
Rockford, IL 61114
Freeport Donor Center
461 East South Street
Freeport, IL 61032
Belvidere Donor Center
1740 south State Street
Belvidere, IL 61008
Call RRVBC (Red River Valley Blood Center) at 815-965-8751 or call toll free at 877-RRVBC-99 (877-778-2299)
Fax 815-965-8756 or visit rrvbc.org