The call is going out for blood donors… as local officials face an all-too-common summer problem.
Vacations and other activities mean that blood donations are down… while holiday travel may increase the risk of accidents that would create a greater demand for blood. The Central Illinois Community Blood Center says there is a particular need for type O-negative, which can be given to patients in need of any blood type.
Meanwhile, the Central Illinois Foodbank is starting the second half of the year with a big infusion of food and funds. Horace Mann Insurance has donated more than $9,000 in cash… in addition to the food raised during a two-week food drive among company employees.
The total effort is equivalent to more than 74,000 pounds of food… a record amount for the annual Horace Mann drive. The food will help stock shelters and pantries across Central Illinois.