The American Red Cross (ARC) is issuing an emergency appeal for blood. This appeal means that donations are low and the Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage. Right now, blood is being distributed faster to hospitals than it is being donated. A critical shortage of blood may lead to delays in urgent medical care to vulnerable patients.

On Thursday, July 20 from noon until 6 p.m., the ARC will hold a blood drive at the First Baptist Church located at 1000 W. N. 6th Street in Shelbyville.

Often in the summer, blood supplies are affected by a double-edged sword. Donors are too busy with outdoor activities to donate and donations begin to lag. And yet, many physical activities of summer such as boating, water skiing and motorcycling escalate the need for blood when accidents happen.

The drive is sponsored by HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital. The Shelbyville Dairy Queen will support the canteen with ice cream for sundaes. All presenting donors will also receive a free commemorative St. Louis Cardinals t-shirt.
According to the Red Cross, all eligible donors of all blood types of are needed now. Donors with types O, B negative or A negative are especially encouraged to donate.

You may schedule an appointment today at, by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or downloading the Blood Donor App. The Shelbyville drive accepts walk-ins. Donors may also save time by using Rapid Pass to begin their health history. For more information, visit
About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit   
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis,

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