Red Cross blood drive today

Organizers hope to raise 100 pints to celebrate 100 years

MOLINE, Ill. - The American Red Cross will host a blood drive today to celebrate 100 years of serving the Quad Cities and West Central Illinois.


Organizers are hoping to collect 100 pints for the milestone.


This is the first large-event blood drive the organization has had in the Quad Cities.


Members of the Red Cross say about 14,000 units of blood collections is needed  everyday just to serve Red Cross patients across the country - in about 2,600 hospitals.


Red Cross spokesperson Matt Pitcher says the need for blood is high in the summer, and the drive serves as a thank you to the community.


"It's a gift back to the community in a lot of ways just to show that we really appreciate the support of the community in terms of all the volunteers and all of the man hours that have gone over the last 100 years to help support the efforts of the Red Cross locally."


Local 4 News is co-hosting the blood drive.


It kicks off at 8 this morning at the Red Cross chapter building at 1100 River Dr. in Moline, and runs until 6 tonight.


You must be 17 or older, in good health, and weigh 110 pounds or more to donate.


Click here for contact information.


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