Blood donations are needed every day

All blood types are currently needed.

Like the emergency room of a hospital, the American Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies with blood products 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Through the dedication of blood donors, the Red Cross can be prepared day in and day out, no matter when or where blood is needed.

Readily available blood helps save the lives of people like David Zien, who was on his way home on his motorcycle when the SUV in front of him lost control during a lane change and flipped onto its side, sending Zien nearly 350 feet. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital, where he received 32 pints of blood. Today, Zien says he attributes much of his survival to the generosity of blood donors.

All blood types are currently needed. For more information and to make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Cook County

  • Feb. 1 from 12-6 p.m. at Northwestern University Phi Kappa Psi, 2247 Sheridan in Evanston, Ill.
  • Feb. 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northwest Covenant Church, 300 N. Elmhurst Ave. in Mount Prospect, Ill.
  • Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Ave. in Forest Park, Ill.
  • Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chicago State University, 9501 S. King Drive in Chicago, Ill.
  • Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood, Ill.
  • Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bartlett Commons, 5640 S. University in Chicago, Ill.
  • Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bartlett Commons, 5640 S. University in Chicago, Ill.
  • Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at McCormick Place, 2233 S. King Drive in Chicago, Ill.
  • Feb. 9 from 12-8 p.m. at McCormick Place, 2233 S. King Drive in Chicago, Ill.
  • Feb. 10 from 12-8 p.m. at McCormick Place, 2233 S. King Drive in Chicago, Ill.
  • Feb. 11 from 12-8 p.m. at McCormick Place, 2233 S. King Drive in Chicago, Ill.
  • Feb. 12 from 12-8 p.m. at McCormick Place, 2233 S. King Drive in Chicago, Ill.
  • Feb. 13 from 12-8 p.m. at McCormick Place, 2233 S. King Drive in Chicago, Ill.
  • Feb. 14 from 12-8 p.m. at McCormick Place, 2233 S. King Drive in Chicago, Ill.
  • Feb. 15 from 12-8 p.m. at McCormick Place, 2233 S. King Drive in Chicago, Ill.
  • Du Page County

  • Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Five Seasons Sports Club Burr Ridge, 6901 S. Madison St. in Burr Ridge, Ill.
  • Feb. 2 from 12:30-5 p.m. at Evangelical Covenant Church, Fourth and Garfield in Hinsdale, Ill.
  • Feb. 4 from 3-7 p.m. at Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago at Woodridge, 8 S. Route 53 in Naperville, Ill.
  • Iroquois County

  • Feb. 4 from 1-6:30 p.m. at Sheldon Community Center, 104 S. Fourth in Sheldon, Ill.
  • Kankakee County

  • Feb. 4 from 3-6:30 p.m. at Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Feb. 7 from 12-6 p.m. at Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Feb. 14 from 12-6 p.m. at Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Feb. 15 from 1:45-7 p.m. at Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Road in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Lake County

  • Feb. 15 from 2-7 p.m. at St. Martin de Porress High School, 515 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in Waukegan, Ill.
  • Will County

  • Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crete Reformed Church, 24755 S. Country Lane in Crete, Ill.
  • Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt in Joliet, 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. 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.