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Red Cross highlights volunteers during Red Cross month

This is Red Cross month and the group's Joe Zydlo says while the Red Cross plays a crucial role in keeping hospitals stocked with blood, he says, the group also helps in other ways.

"We do a lot of health and safety classes, we're getting ready for some life-guarding classes, CPR is obviously very important. We have the Sound the Alarm, smoke alarm program that we will be getting out into underserved communuties that need smoke alarms."

Zydlo stresses the Red Cross is needing to build up the blood supply ahead of the summer driving season, and says you can use the blood donor app on your smart phone to make your appointment and save some time when you get to the donation site. To learn more, visit: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive

Born in Newport, Rhode Island to a military family, Kevin Boucher traveled the country and the world at a young age before his family settled in Murphysboro, Illinois in 1976. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale and worked in commercial radio before becoming the Traffic Manager at WSIU Public Television. Boucher has since earned a Master's degree in Professional Media & Media Management Studies from SIU's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts. He is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening and exploring the flora and fauna of the Shawnee National Forest and other beautiful natural areas across southern Illinois. Kevin is embarking on a new path with WSIU as the Community Engagement Producer for WSIU Radio. Look for Kevin's work on air and on line.
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