Local blood donor team ranked among the best in the country

QUINCY (WGEM) – People from across the region rolled up their sleeves Tuesday morning and afternoon for another Red Cross blood drive sponsored by Arts Quincy.

The fundraiser took place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oakley-Lindsay Center.

Arts Quincy chief executive Laura Sievert said she was happy to help organize another donation campaign, especially given the area’s strong blood donor team.

“We are in the top 300 teams in the country, that is, the top 1% of blood donation teams in the country. At a time when blood donation is so critical, blood supplies are so low, Arts Quincy and the arts community are proud to make that difference,” said Sievert.

She said the blood donation cause is personal to her as she started this campaign in memory of her parents who both had cancer and needed blood.

Red Cross officials say that without the help of Arts Quincy, the local blood collection team would not be as strong as it is.

They said the ongoing effort to obtain blood donors is particularly important, given the challenges posed by the pandemic and winter conditions.

“Over the past month, we’ve had a harsh winter early on, and what that’s really done is create a domino effect because every two full day ride through central Illinois, northern Illinois and Chicago, they’ve been canceled,” Jim Whitfield said with the American Red Cross.

Whitfield and Sievert said more donor drives are planned in the coming months based on needs and staff availability.

You can find the next event by going to redcrossblood.org, they can call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or they can download the American Red Cross Blood Donor app to their phone.

You can also find more blood donation event announcements on the Arts Quincy Facebook page here.

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