Blood Donation Opportunities for the Month of December

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.™

The holiday season is here, and with it comes the exchange of gifts amongst family and friends. But many hospital patients have a gift on their wish list this year that only generous hearts can give: a blood donation.

Once the hustle and bustle of the holidays subsides, the American Red Cross reminds people to give one last gift — give blood. A blood donation can be the most meaningful gift of the season.

As many as 44,000 blood donations are needed every day across the country to meet the needs of patients. Make an appointment to donate by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Cook County

Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Presidents Plaza, 8600 W. Bryn Mawr in Chicago, Ill.

Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Willis Tower U.S. Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive in Chicago, Ill.

Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 701 W. North Ave. in Melrose Park, Ill.

Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Behringer Harvard Riverside, 10 S. Riverside Plaza in Chicago, Ill.

Dec. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Feinberg Pavilion, 251 E. Huron in Chicago, Ill.

Dec. 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Feinberg Pavilion, 251 E. Huron in Chicago, Ill.

Dec. 27 from 3-8 p.m. at DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness Center, 2235 N. Sheffield in Chicago, Ill.

Dec. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 175 West Jackson Building, 175 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago, Ill.

Dec. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 544 W. Northwest Highway in Arlington Heights, Ill.

DuPage County

Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chicago Church of Christ, 188 W. Butterfield Road in Elmhurst, Ill.

Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. in Naperville, Ill.

Kankakee County

Dec. 17 from 3-6:30 p.m. at Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Dec. 20 from 12-6 p.m. at Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Dec. 21 from 1:45-7 p.m. at Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Road in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at New Life Pentacostal Medical Clinic, 183 N. Schuyler Ave. in Kankakee, Ill.

Dec. 27 from 12-6 p.m. at Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Dec. 29 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.