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Tuesday, November 21, 2023by bdust

Give blood, celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the film “Elf”

Exclusive “Elf” + Red Cross socks for donors Nov. 10-30

Upcoming Red Cross blood donation opportunities Nov. 14-30:

11/14:  11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Vandalia Moose Lodge, 328 South 3rd Street


11/17:  11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Montessori Kids Universe Effingham, 2201 Willenborg Street, Suite 8

11/17:  1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Cornerstone Church, 3600 South Banker Street, Effingham

11/17:  8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Flora High School, 600 South Locust


11/21:  1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Dutch Prairie Community, 983 North 1300th Street, Shobonier


11/27:  2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Effingham Event Center, 1501 West Fayette


11/28:  1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Oil Belt Christian Service Camp, 555 Park Road, Flora

11/28:  2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Full Armor Christian Academy, 600 Erwin Street, Louisville

For many, watching the classic holiday movie “Elf” has been a heartwarming tradition for 20 years.  This November, the American Red Cross is encouraging people to add a new tradition as the holiday season begins: Spread cheer with a blood or platelet donation. 

Donations are critical to the blood supply as the holiday season draws near – a time when blood donations often decline.  Donors of all blood types are urged to give, especially type O blood donors and those giving platelets.

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the film “Elf,”  and create holiday cheer, all who come to give Nov. 10-30 will receive an exclusive pair of “Elf” + Red Cross socks, while supplies last.  For more details, visit RedCrossBlood.org/Elf.

It feels good to give a gift to someone else that truly means something.  Those wishing to help patients receive lifesaving transfusions can book a blood or platelet donation appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  

How to donate blood 

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.

Amplify your impact − volunteer!  

Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives.  Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check-in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience.  

Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals.  For more information and to apply for either position, contact or visit redcross.org/volunteertoday.  

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