Red Cross hosting summer blood drives

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Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 5:04 PM CDT
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EAST PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The American Red Cross said they may be facing a blood shortage if drops in blood donations continue.

To combat the issue, the Red Cross has been hosting blood drives. On Thursday, they set up shop in East Peoria for a Hometown Hero blood drive. The Red Cross says this year’s donation has not matched up to previous years.

“With a lot of COVID restrictions, lifting people this summer have been taking the vacation that they haven’t been able to take. People’s lives are filling up with other events so blood drives aren’t as easy for them to be able to come to,” American Red Cross Donor Recruitment Account Manager Caleb Liggin said.

Donors received a $10 e-gift card and a chance to win gas for a year.

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