Be an everyday hero during Red Cross Month


Blood donors are everyday heroes who help save lives. During March, Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross recognizes these lifesavers, thanks them for their generosity and encourages others to join their ranks. 

Courtney Krisher will be forever grateful for the donors who helped save her brother, Lucas. The siblings, who are both members of the U.S. military, had given blood together just a few months before Lucas was in a motorcycle accident. He was rushed to the hospital with extensive internal bleeding and received four pints of blood. 

“Some people call me and my brother heroes (because of our military service), but I think the same could be said for people who give blood,” Courtney said. 

The Red Cross has been meeting the needs of patients like Lucas since World War II and today partners with nearly 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers throughout the U.S. 

To make an appointment to give blood and be an everyday hero, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: 

Cook County 

March 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Christina, 11036 S. Christiana in Chicago, Ill. 

March 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 540 West Madison, 540 West Madison in Chicago, Ill. 

March 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 701 W. North Ave in Melrose Park, Ill. 

March 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ally Financial, 15303 94th Ave. in Orland Park, Ill. 

March 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood, Ill. 

March 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Warde Academic Center, 3700 W. 103rd St. in Chicago, Ill. 

March 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at South Campus Quads, 2300 N. Seminary in Chicago, Ill. 

March 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chicago Third Baptist Church of Chicago, 1551 W. 95th St. in Chicago, Ill. 

March 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Drucker Center, 1535 N. Dayton in Chicago, Ill. 

March 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The 175 West Jackson Building, 175 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago, Ill. 

March 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave. in Chicago, Ill. 

March 10 from 12-6 p.m. at Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams in Chicago, Ill. 

March 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pathways in Education - Logan Square (North) Avondale Campus, 3100 W. Belmont in Chicago, Ill. 

March 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pathways in Education - Wrightwood (South) Ashburn Campus, 3284 W. 87th St. in Chicago, Ill. 

March 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2200 West Harrison St. in Chicago, Ill. 

March 14 from 12-6 p.m. at Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill. 

March 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 544 W. Northwest Highway in Arlington Heights, Ill. 

 

Lake County 

March 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Akorn Pharmacuetical, 1925 West Field Court, Suite 300 in Lake Forest, Ill. 

March 11 from 2-7 p.m. at College of Lake County - Anderson Court Shift II, 19351 W. Washington in Grayslake, Ill. 

March 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington in Grayslake, Ill. 

 

DuPage County 

March 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Johns Episcopal Church, 750 Aurora Ave. in Naperville, Ill. 

March 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 751 Army Trail Rd. in Bartlett, Ill. 

 

Kankakee County 

March 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Cornerstone Church, 393 Southcreek Drive in Manteno, Ill. 

March 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Herscher High School, 501 N.Main in Herscher, Ill. 

March 6 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 

March 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 3rd and Division in Aroma Park, Ill. 

March 13 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 

March 14 from 1:45-7 p.m. at Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd. in Bourbonnais, Ill. 

 

How to donate blood: Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

 

About the American Red Cross 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.