Celebrate National Volunteer Month by Donating Blood


Potentially lifesaving blood donations can only come from generous volunteers. This April, during National Volunteer Month, the American Red Cross invites eligible donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and help meet the constant need for donated blood. 

Approximately 5,600 times a day someone receives blood donated through the Red Cross. While all types are needed, donors with type O positive or negative, B negative and A negative are especially encouraged to give. 

Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to learn more and schedule an appointment. 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: 

Cook County 

April 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Foster-Walker Complex, 1927 Orrington Ave. in Evanston, Ill. 

April 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St John Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Ave. in Forest Park, Ill. 

April 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood, Ill. 

April 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul of the Cross Church - Morello Parish Life Center, 320 S. Washington in Park Ridge, Ill. 

April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Warde Academic Center, 3700 W. 103rd Street in Chicago, Ill. 

April 15 from 3-8 p.m. at DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness Center, 2235 N. Sheffield in Chicago, Ill. 

 

Du Page County 

April 10 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Benedictine University Krasa Center, 5700 College Road in Lisle, Ill. 

April 14 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at Sandburg Middle School, 345 E. St. Charles Road in Elmhurst, IL 

 

Kankakee County 

April 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Olivet Nazarene University, 240 E. Marseilles in Bourbonnais, Ill. 

April 3 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 

April 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 500 N. Cleveland Ave. in Bradley, Ill. 

April 7 from 12-6 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 11456 N. 11000 East Road in Grant Park, Ill. 

April 10 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 

 

Will County 

April 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt in Joliet, Ill. 

April 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt in Joliet, Ill. 

April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Assembly of God Church, 1741 Essington Road 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. 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.