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Blood Donors Give Patients the Chance to Create a Lifetime of Hope

With summer right around the corner, the American Red Cross asks eligible donors to make giving blood as much a part of their summer plans as barbecues, ball games and road trips. Donors of all blood types are needed. 

“Blood donations often decline during the summer when schools are out of session and families are vacationing,” said Shelly Heiden, community CEO of the Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “But the need for blood is constant. Eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment now to roll up a sleeve and give patients a chance for hope this summer and throughout the year.” 

To help kick off summer, those who present to give blood between May 24 and 26 will receive a Red Cross cooling towel while supplies last. 

The Red Cross provides blood to approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. Each day, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at these facilities. 

Learn more and make an appointment to donate blood by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. 


Upcoming blood donation opportunities: 

Cook County 

May 16 from 12-6 p.m. at Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill. 

May 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross, 544 W. Northwest Highway in Arlington Heights, Ill. 

May 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 22400 S. Torrence in Sauk Village, Ill. 

May 18 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana in Chicago, Ill. 

May 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at DePaul University Phi Kappa Psi, 2300 N. Seminary in Chicago, Ill. 

May 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at King High School, 4445 S. Drexel in Chicago, Ill. 

May 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CBRE, 100 N. Riverside Plaza in Chicago, Ill. 

May 29 from 1-7 p.m. at Groupon Inc. Corporate Headquarters, 600 W. Chicago Ave. in Chicago, Ill. Du Page County 

May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Wheaton Police Department, 900 W. Liberty Drive in Wheaton, Ill. 

May 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Warrenville South High School, 1920 South Wiesbrook in Wheaton, Ill. 


Kankakee County 

May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 1881 W. Division in Manteno, Ill. 

May 21 from 2-6 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 255 W. Second St. in Manteno, Ill. 

May 22 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 

May 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall in Kankakee, Ill. 

May 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northfield Square Mall, 1600 N. St. Rt. 50 in Bourbonnais, Ill. 

May 29 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 


Lake County 

May 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lowes, 1660 N. Milwaukee in Vernon Hills, Ill. 

May 29 from 3-7 p.m. at Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Road in Round Lake, Ill. 


How to donate blood: Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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.