17th Annual Red Cross Summer Blood Drives

Join WBNQ, B104, WJBC and 93.7 NASH Icon in July and August for the 17th Annual Summer Blood Drive Event with Avanti’s at the Holiday Inn & Suites – located just one block west on Empire from the Avanti’s eastside Bloomington location. Blood drive hours are from 12:00pm – 5:30pm.  Presenting donors will receive a coupon for a FREE whole Gondola courtesy of Avanti’s Italian Restaurant.

New to 2020 – all blood donations will be tested for Covid-19 antibodies. The Red Cross will use the antibody test authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms. It’s important that we emphasize that this is not a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of our employees, volunteers and donors, individuals who do not feel well should continue to postpone donation. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness.

Check out the upcoming dates of the 17th Annual Summer Blood Drive:

Wednesday, July 29th
12:00pm – 5:30pm
**This Blood Drive has been cancelled. Please join us for the blood drive on August 17th below.**

Monday, August 17th
12:00pm – 5:30pm
Holiday Inn & Suites Ballroom
3202 East Empire St.
Bloomington, IL 61704

Schedule an appointment for the 17th Annual Summer Blood Drive with American Red Cross by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or visit the redcrossblood.org.


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