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Become a Hero by Giving Blood During Red Cross Month

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that it doesn’t take a cape or superpowers to be a hero. By donating blood, donors can become a hero for patients in need. 

Red Cross Month is dedicated to the everyday heroes who support the Red Cross mission by giving blood, volunteering their time, learning lifesaving skills or making a financial contribution. 

The need for blood is constant. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes in communities across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors with all blood types are needed, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. 

To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities 

Cook County 


3/1/2015: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Our Lady, Mother of the Church--Hayes Center, 8701 W Lawrence 

3/2/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Ave 

3/4/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Red Cross, 2200 West Harrison Street 

3/4/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, 2235 N. Sheffield 

3/6/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., South Campus Quads, 2300 N. Seminary 

3/8/2015: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Queen of All Saints Church and School, 6230 N. Lemont 

3/9/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago 

3/10/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Willis Tower U S Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 3530- Office of the Building 


3/5/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave


Bureau County 


3/5/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 316 S. Church Street 


Du Page County 


3/14/2015: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 751 Army Trail Rd. 


Kankakee County 


3/5/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 

3/12/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 


3/6/2015: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bishop McNamara Catholic H.S., 550 W. Brookmont Blvd. 


Lake County 


3/10/2015: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington 


La Salle County 

Grand Ridge 

3/7/2015: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Farm Ridge Township Building, 228 W. Penn 


3/5/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1401 State Street 


3/3/2015: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 1530 4th Street 

3/12/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Illinois Valley Community Hospital Office Building, 1305 6th Street 


3/5/2015: 1:45 p.m. - 6 p.m., City Hall, 204 S Bloomington 

3/13/2015: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Streator High School, 202 W. Lincoln Ave 

3/13/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Teleperformance, 12 Northpoint Dr. 


Lee County 


3/9/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Elk's Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Rd 


Whiteside County 


3/10/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street 

Rock Falls 

3/4/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. 

3/11/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. 


3/12/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tampico United Methodist Church, 202 Lincoln Ave, PO Box 336 


How to donate blood: 

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.