The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage due to a lack of donations. Brian McDaniel is the Executive Director of the Illinois River Valley Red Cross. He says normally donations pick up in the fall, but that's not happening this year. McDaniel says COVID-19 is having an impact.
McDaniel says the Red Cross tries to make it as easy and convenient as possible to give blood, but people are asked to make an appointment. He says donors can feel safe giving.
There is a blood drive in Sycamore Saturday from eight to two at the United Methodist Church at 160 Johnson Avenue. There's another one in Mendota on October 19 at the Moose Lodge at 211 12th Street from 10:45 to five and another at the Sheridan Fire Department at 405 Bushnell Street on October 21 from one to six.
Appointments can be made at redcrossblood.org.