CHARLESTON -- The students at Carl Sandburg may not be old enough to donate blood, but they are discovering that blood donors are lifesaving heroes. As part of the American Red Cross Pint-Size Hero program, students are learning about the importance of blood donation and are encouraging community members to give blood on Monday from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at Carl Sandburg, 1924 Reynolds Drive in Charleston.

“Participation in a blood drive is a wonderful way for our students to become aware of community responsibility and develop an attitude of helping others,” said Kristen Holly, Carl Sandburg Elementary School Principal. “I encourage the community to support our students’ efforts by rolling up a sleeve to give blood at our upcoming blood drive.”

The Pint-Size Hero program teaches elementary school students about the function of blood in the body and the importance of blood donation. Students are then asked to help recruit their parents, family members and other adults to donate at the school’s upcoming blood drive. Every student who recruits someone to come donate at the school’s blood drive will receive special recognition from the Red Cross and the knowledge that they helped save lives.

To make an appointment to donate at the Carl Sandburg Elementary School Pint-Size Hero blood drive, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-7332767). For more information about the blood drive, contact Tracy Peterson at 217-273-5312.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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