16th Annual Red Cross Summer Blood Drive

Join WJBC Monday, August 12th for the 16th Annual Summer Blood Drive event with Avanti’s & Radio Bloomington at the Holiday Inn & Suites – located just one block west on Empire from the original Avanti’s eastside Bloomington location.  Blood drive hours are from 12:00pm – 5:30pm.  Presenting donors will receive a coupon for a FREE Gondola courtesy of Avanti’s Italian Restaurant AND cookies and lemonade from Baxter’s while donating.

12:00pm – 5:30pm
Holiday Inn & Suites Ballroom
3202 East Empire St.
Bloomington, IL 61704

Schedule an appointment for the 16th Annual Summer Blood Drive with American Red Cross by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or visit the redcrossblood.org.

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