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The American Red Cross and KFVS12 invite all to roll up a sleeve this summer for patients in need Aug. 19 and 20

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Date(s) - 08/19/2022 - 08/20/2022
12:00 am


The American Red Cross and KFVS12 are once
again encouraging all area blood donors to roll up a sleeve and help save our summer to help
overcome a urgent need for all blood types. The community is invited to donate blood this week
at the annual Summer Heartland Blood Drive, Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20 at several
convenient locations in Missouri and Illinois in the KFVS12 viewing area.

Daily times and a complete list of the nine locations of the two-day blood drive are listed below:
Aug. 19: 1 to 6 p.m.; Aug. 20: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 West Park Mall, 3049 William St., Cape Girardeau, MO. 63701
 YMCA of Southeast Missouri, 511 Taylor, Sikeston, Mo. 63801
 American Legion, Post 153, 2320 Kanell Blvd., Poplar Bluff, Mo. 63902
 American Legion, Post 133, 98 Grand Ave., Perryville, Mo. 63775
 The Lair Event Center, 13583 Old Highway 25, Dexter, Mo. 63841
 American Legion, Post 595, 680 US Highway 61, New Madrid, MO. 63869
 Veterans Airport, Charter Lounge, 10400 Terminal Lounge, Marion, IL. 62959
 Times Square Mall, 7274 Broadway St., Mount Vernon, Ill. 62864
 University Mall, 1237 E. Main, Carbondale, Ill. 62901

How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-
800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and enter/mention sponsor code KFVS, or enable the
Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All
blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s
license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years
of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110
pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students
and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight
Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With
RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online,
on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow
the instructions at or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.


Blood drive safety
The Red Cross follows a high standard of safety and infection control. The Red Cross will
continue to socially distance wherever possible at blood drives, donation centers and facilities.
While donors are no longer required to wear a face mask, individuals may choose to continue to
wear a mask for any reason. The Red Cross will also adhere to more stringent face mask
requirements per state and/or local guidance, or at the request of blood drive sponsors. Donors
are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a drive.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies
about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international
humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is
a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public
to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


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