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Seasonal illnesses and the holiday season are two of the reasons the blood supply dwindles this time of year. 
American Red Cross spokesman Joe Zydlo (ZIHD-low) says they are issuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors.
Tad Middleton with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, says the flu has impacted their ability to collect donations.
You can donate at any of a number of blood drives coming up this month throughout Illinois. You can find out where to give blood by doing a quick search using your favorite internet search engine.

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