During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross invites everyone to make a difference in their communities by giving blood, volunteering, taking a class or making a financial donation.
Those supporters enable the Red Cross to continue to help people in need like the Roux family. Jenny Roux’s son, Blake, was born with a rare and serious chromosome disorder that causes multiple abnormalities. Jenny and Blake both received two pints of blood the day he was born. For Blake, that marked the first of many transfusions. Jenny said she knew her time with him would be short, but she credits multiple blood transfusions with helping extend his life.
“Without the blood transfusions, I don’t know that he would have even had the 10 months we had with him,” she said. At that point Jenny again turned to the Red Cross, and the organization’s Service to the Armed Forces program provided emergency communications about Blake’s death to her husband, who was deployed to Iraq.
Thanks to everyday heroes, the Red Cross was there for the Roux family in their time of need.
The Red Cross invites the public to discover their inner hero this month. To make an appointment to donate blood or for more information about other ways to get involved with the Red Cross, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
March 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 7058 S. Racine Ave. in Chicago, Ill.
March 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roosevelt Office of Student Activites, 1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd. in Schaumburg, Ill.
March 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Willis Tower U S Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive in Chicago, Ill.
March 19 from 5-10 p.m. at Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Ave. in Chicago, Ill.
March 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Chicago Delta Sigma Phi, Loyola University, 1020 W. Sheridan Road in Chicago, Ill.
March 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cook County Juvenile Court, 2245 W. Ogden Ave. in Chicago, Ill.
March 20 from 12-6 p.m. at Robert H. Lurie Center of Northwestern University, 303 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill.
March 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Perspectives High School, 1930 S. Archer Ave. in Chicago, Ill.
March 23 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Daniel Parish Hall, 5337 S. Natoma in Chicago, Ill.
March 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Our Lady, Mother of the Church – Hayes Center, 8701 W. Lawrence in Chicago, Ill.
March 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rush University Medical Center Armour Academic Facility, 600 S. Paulina in Chicago, Ill.
March 24 from 12-4 p.m. at John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Ct. in Chicago, Ill.
March 25 from 12-6 p.m. at Dominican University Resident Life, 7900 W. Division in River Forest, Ill.
March 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northeastern Illinois University Student Union, 5500 N. St. Louis in Chicago, Ill.
March 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northeastern Illinois University Student Union, 5500 N. St. Louis in Chicago, Ill.
March 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bank of America, 135 S. LaSalle in Chicago, Ill.
March 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Queen of All Saints Church and School, 6230 N. Lemont in Chicago, Ill.
March 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cordell Reed Student Union, 9501 S. King Drive in Chicago, Ill.
March 17 from 1-6 p.m. at Chick-fil-A, 301 E. Loop Road in Wheaton, Ill.
March 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fenton Community High School, 1000 W. Green St. in Bensenville, Ill.
March 20 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
March 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northfield Square Mall, 1600 N. St. Rt. 50 in Bourbonnais, Ill.
March 25 from 4-7:30 p.m. at American Lutheran Church, 1560 Career Center Road in Bourbonnais, Ill.
March 25 from 12-6 p.m. at St. Anne Community Drive, 650 W. Guertin in Saint Anne, Ill.
March 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive in Kankakee, Ill.
March 27 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
March 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall in Kankakee, Ill.
March 31 from 3-7 p.m. at Limestone Fire Department, 4948 W. Rt 17 in Kankakee, Ill. Lake County
March 19 from 3-7 p.m. at Round Lake Area Community, 906 Hart Road in Round Lake, Ill.
March 27 from 2-6 p.m. at Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand in Lake Villa, Ill.
March 18 from 2-6 p.m. at Lifetime Fitness of Romeoville, 1220 Lakeview Drive in Romeoville, 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.