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Celebrate Red Cross Month by Giving Blood in March

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood. 

Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people down the street, across the country and around the world. 

Red Cross Month is a celebration of the everyday heroes, like Karla Essmiller, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities. Essmiller began donating blood and even coordinated a few blood drives when she was in college. “Donating blood is a simple gift that I can make that may help up to three people live another day,” she said. “That makes me feel like a hero!” 

The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types are needed to help accident and burn victims, patients undergoing organ transplants, those receiving cancer treatments and others who rely on blood products. 

Make an appointment to become a hero to patients in need by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: 

Cook County 


3/16/2016: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana 

3/21/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., The 175 West Jackson Building, 175 W. Jackson Blvd 

3/22/2016: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bank of America, 135 South LaSalle 

3/23/2016: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Damen Student Center, 6511 N. Sheridan 

3/23/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, 2235 N. Sheffield 

3/28/2016: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rush University Medical Center, 1650 West Harrison Street 

3/30/2016: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave 

Park Ridge 

3/20/2016: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Paul of the Cross Church - Morello Parish Life Center, 320 S Washington 


Kankakee County 


3/17/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 

3/22/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Lutheran Church, 1560 Career Center Rd. 

3/24/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 

3/25/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd. 

3/28/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive Herscher 

3/17/2016: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Herscher High School, 501 N.Main 


3/18/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Momence High School, 101 N.Franklin 

Saint Anne 

3/30/2016: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., St. Anne Community Drive, 650 W. Guertin 


DuPage County 


3/29/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Benedictine University Krasa Center, 5700 College Road 

3/30/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Benedictine University Krasa Center, 5700 College Road 


Lake County 

Round Lake 

3/29/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Rd 


How to donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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. 

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site. 

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.