IVCC blood drive

Last Updated on January 11th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny
January 18, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Illinois Valley Community College Red Cross Club and Student Nurses Association
along with Illini Valley Association of Realtors are sponsoring an American Red Cross (ARC)
Blood Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 in the gymnasium in response to an
emergency call for blood and platelet donations due to a severe winter blood shortage.
Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations this year, with
more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to
go uncollected. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday
schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in
November and December.
IVCC instructor and ARC volunteer Steve Swett said, “Donors can save up to 15 minutes
during the donation process by registering through RapidPass to select their appointment time
and fill out health history questions. They can also print or email their pass.”
Call Swett at (815) 224-0232 to make an appointment or visit for information.