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Celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood

World Red Cross Day is a time to recognize worldwide efforts to advocate for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, disaster, war or famine. 

The American Red Cross encourages eligible individuals to support these humanitarian efforts by making an appointment to donate lifesaving blood this May. The need is constant, and all blood types are needed, especially O positive, O negative, B negative and A negative. 

Each year, World Red Cross Day is celebrated on May 8, the birthday of Henry Dunant, who officially founded the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement nearly 100 years ago. 

For more than 130 years, the Red Cross has been dedicated to helping people in communities large and small across the U.S. It is the only humanitarian services organization that provides blood services, serves as the emergency communication link between military personnel and their families, offers health and safety training and responds to disasters of all types and sizes. 

Join the Red Cross family this month and make an appointment to give blood in honor of World Red Cross Day by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting


Upcoming blood donation opportunities: 

Cook County 

May 5 from 12-6 p.m. at Newberger Hillel Center, 5715 S. Woodlawn in Chicago, Ill. 

May 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood, Ill. 

May 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The HIP, 4104 N. Harlem Ave. in Norridge, Ill. 

May 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blue Plate Catering, 1061 W. Van Buren in Chicago, Ill. 

May 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago in Chicago, Ill. 

May 13 from 1-6 p.m. at Options Laboratory School - Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center, 1060 E. 47th St. in Chicago, Ill. 

May 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Willis Tower U S Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive in Chicago, Ill. 

May 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rush University Medical Center, 1750 W. Harrison St. in Chicago, Ill. 


Du Page County 

May 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 4N739 Illinois Route 59 in Bartlett, Ill. 


Kankakee County 

May 1 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 

May 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at SALT, 150 Industrial Drive in Kankakee, Ill. 

May 8 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 

May 9 from 1:45-7 p.m. at Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Road in Bourbonnais, Ill. 

May 15 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 


Lake County 

May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Synergy, 1500 Synergy Drive in Wauconda, Ill. 


How to donate blood Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.