Blood donations tend to dip during the winter, when many regular donors become busy with holiday activities.

Through the 'Give Something that Means Something' campaign, the American Red Cross reminds donors that the need for blood is constant and it can come only from their generosity.

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Here is a schedule of upcoming blood drives in our area.

Adams County

  • Dec. 1 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at The Church of St. Peter, 2600 Maine in Quincy, Ill.
  • Dec. 2 from 12-6 p.m. at Adams Telephone Co-Op, Highway 94 in Golden, Ill.
  • Dec. 5 from 1-7 p.m. at American Red Cross, 3000 N. 23rd St. in Quincy, Ill.
  • Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Melrose Chapel United Methodist Church, 3600 Payson Road in Quincy, Ill.
  • Dec. 9 from 2-8 p.m. at Quincy University Student Center, 1810 Lind in Quincy, Ill.
  • Dec. 9 from 12-6 p.m. at Quincy Mall, 33rd and Broadway streets in Quincy, Ill.
  • Dec. 12 from 1-7 p.m. at American Red Cross, 3000 N. 23rd St. in Quincy, Ill.
  • Dec. 12 from 1-7 p.m. at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church Hall, 704 N. Main in Liberty, Ill.
  • Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 1027 S. 24th St. in Quincy, Ill.

Hancock County

  • Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 Wabash Ave. in Carthage, Ill. –Platelet donations only. Platelet donations are taken by appointment only.
  • Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carthage Memorial Hospital Parking Area, 1454 N. County Road 2050 in Carthage, Ill.
  • Dec. 9 from 1-6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 167 E. Third in Dallas City, Ill.
  • Dec. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Assembly of God Church, 1645 Keokuk St. in Hamilton, Ill.
  • Dec. 10 from 12-6 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 901 Prairie St. in Augusta, Ill.
  • Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Nauvoo Fire Department, 2015 Mulhholand St. in Nauvoo, Ill. –Platelet donations only. Platelet donations are taken by appointment only.
  • Dec. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Warsaw High School, 340 S. 11th St. in Warsaw, Ill.
  • Dec. 13 from 12-6 p.m. at Basco Immanuel Lutheran Church, 921 N. CR 1900 in Carthage, Ill.

Lee County

  • Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Elks Lodge, 2200 Lincoln in Keokuk, IA. –Platelet donations only. Platelet donations are taken by appointment only.
  • Dec. 5 from 12-6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 3476 Main St. in Keokuk, Iowa –
  • Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at County Market, 2122 Main St. in Keokuk, Iowa –
  • Dec. 9 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Keokuk Catholic School, 2981 Plank Road in Keokuk, Iowa –
  • To make a donation appointment for any of these, please call Shirley Concannon at 217-257-6067.

Marion County

  • Dec. 1 from 1-4 p.m. at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 6600 Highway 6 in Taylor, Mo.
  • Dec. 12 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 1 Columbus Road in Hannibal, MO –Platelet donations only. Platelet donations are taken by appointment only.

McDonough County

  • Dec. 2 from 12-6 p.m. at Western Illinois University Thompson Hall, 1200 N. Western Ave. in Macomb, Ill.
  • Dec. 2 from 12-6 p.m. at Western Illinois University Caroline Grote Hall, 720 W. Adams St. in Macomb, Ill.
  • Dec. 2 from 12-6 p.m. at Western Illinois University Tanner Hall, 740 W. University Drive in Macomb, Ill.

Eligible donors can help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply around the holidays. Appointments can be made online or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.