Give something that means something – Give blood or host a blood drive
The American Red Cross encourages individuals and organizations to give something that means something this winter by making a lifesaving blood donation or hosting a blood drive.
Blood donations often decline from now to New Year's Day when holiday festivities pull people away from their donation appointments. Seasonal illnesses, such as colds and the flu, can also have a serious impact on blood donations
In addition, there are fewer blood drives during the winter months when many hosting organizations postpone drives while people are traveling for the holidays. Severe winter weather may also cause scheduled blood drives to be canceled.
Despite the busy holiday season and threat of extreme freezing weather, the need for blood remains steady. Visit redcrossblood.org to learn more about hosting a blood drive. To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can now use the Blood Donor App to access their donor card and view vital signs from previous donations.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Ford County, Illinois Paxton 12/4/2015: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Paxton Buckley-Loda High School, 700 Panther Way
Iroquois County, Illinois Buckley 12/10/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christ Lutheran High School, 201 W. Lincoln
Cissna Park 12/2/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion, 124 S. Second St.
Donovan 12/1/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Donovan High School, 600 North St.
Kankakee County, Illinois Bourbonnais 12/2/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Riverside Health Fitness Center, 100 Fitness Dr. 12/3/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Dr. 12/4/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd. 12/7/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., GatheringPoint Church, 897 W. Bourbonnais Pkwy. 12/10/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Dr.
Herscher 12/7/2015: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 225 E. Third
Manteno 12/9/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 175 S. Main St.
Vermilion County, Illinois Danville 12/7/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Church of God, 535 S. Bowman Ave.
Hoopeston 12/8/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., VFW Post 4826, 4th Ave. & W. Orange
How to donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.
Ashkum, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) is urging the motoring public to drive safe and avoid the Fatal Four moving violations; Speeding, DUI, Seatbelts, and Distracted Driving, this holiday season.
Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday marks the beginning of the busy holiday driving period. Beginning on Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29, high traffic volumes are expected on roadways throughout the state. As traffic volume increases, so does your chance of being involved in a traffic crash. Avoiding the Fatal Four can help to decrease your chances of being involved in a serious traffic crash.
ISP troopers will be extra vigilant during the holiday travel period. Officers will be conducting road side safety checks and participating in additional traffic enforcement details to identify the Fatal Four moving violations.
The State of Illinois is suspending accepting new Syrian refugees in the wake of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. Governor Bruce Rauner has announced Illinois will temporarily suspend accepting new Syrian refugees ''and will consider all of our legal options pending a full review of our country's acceptance and security processes by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.''
'Our nation and our state have a shared history of providing a safe haven for those displaced by conflict,'' added Governor Rauner, ''but the news surrounding the Paris terror attacks reminds us of the all-too-real security threats facing America.'' The Governor added, ''We must find a way to balance our tradition as a state welcoming refugees while ensuring the safety and security of our citizens.''