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Celebrate National Volunteer Month by Giving Blood


The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April and make a difference in the lives of patients in need. 

The Red Cross salutes the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who help fulfill its lifesaving mission and encourages others to join their ranks as volunteer blood donors. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. 

Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring. Those who are unable to give blood can support blood donations and invite others to make a lifesaving donation by creating a SleevesUp virtual blood drive at redcrossblood.org/SleevesUp

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities 

Cook County 

Chicago 

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

4/6/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Loyola University - Corboy Law Center, 25 East Pearson 

4/14/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Willis Tower U S Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive 

Des Plaines 

4/1/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hyatt Regency O'Hare-Central North, 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue 

Evanston 

4/2/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Foster-Walker Complex, 1927 Orrington Ave 4/3/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Foster-Walker Complex, 1927 Orrington Ave 

Lyons 

4/11/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Hugh Parish, 7939 W. 43rd Street 

Maywood 

4/2/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave, Loyola Center for Fitness 

Melrose Park 

4/15/2015: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 701 W. North Ave 

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Du Page County 

Glen Ellyn 

4/3/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Masjid Baitul-Jaamay, 2S510 Highway 53 

Lisle 

4/1/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Benedictine University Krasa Center, 5700 College Road 

Lombard 

4/10/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., College Preparatory School of America, 331 W. Madison Street 

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Kankakee County 

Bourbonnais 

4/1/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Olivet Nazarene University, 240 E. 

Marseilles 

4/2/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 

4/9/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 

Bradley 

4/12/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Adventure Church, 235 N Kinzie Ave 

Kankakee 

4/1/2015: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Kankakee Faith Reformed Church, 2400 Waldron Rd 

4/13/2015: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive 

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Lake County 

Wauconda 

4/9/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Synergy, 1500 Synergy Drive 

4/10/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Synergy, 1500 Synergy Drive 

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La Salle County 

Mendota 

4/7/2015: 10:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Moose Lodge, Route 34 

Ottawa 

4/2/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1401 State Street 

4/7/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Carpenter's Local 195, 1001 Boyce Memorial Drive 

Peru 

4/7/2015: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 1530 4th Street 

Streator 

4/2/2015: 1:45 p.m. - 6 p.m., City Hall, 204 S Bloomington 

4/10/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Woodland High School, 5800 E. 3000 N. Rd. 

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McHenry County 

Crystal Lake 

4/1/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Faith Lutheran High School, 174 McHenry Ave 

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Whiteside County 

Fulton 

4/14/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street 

Morrison 

4/14/2015: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Morrison Institute of Technology, 701 Portland 

Prophetstown 

4/13/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD #3, 79 Grove St. 

Rock Falls 

4/1/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. 

4/8/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. 

4/15/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. 

Sterling 

4/9/2015: 9:45 a.m. - 4 p.m., CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road 

4/10/2015: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road 

4/15/2015: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sterling High School, 1608 4th Ave. 

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Will County 

Joliet 

4/6/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt 

4/7/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt 

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How to donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org 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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.