The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to give one last gift this holiday season and discover the true meaning of giving by donating blood.
Busy holiday schedules and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can often mean fewer donors giving blood. But for patients with cancer or other illnesses or injuries requiring blood transfusions, the need for blood is constant and doesn’t get a holiday break. The gift of a blood donation only takes about an hour and can give patients a chance to celebrate more holidays to come.
To encourage donations and show appreciation, all those who attempt to donate blood Dec. 24 through Jan. 4, 2015, will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
Eligible donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with type O negative, A negative or B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
12/16/2014: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago
12/17/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Public Safety Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Ave.
12/17/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hines, 300 North LaSalle, Suite 1825
12/29/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Jones Lang LaSalle, 231 South LaSalle, Suite 625
12/29/2014: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago
12/30/2014: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior
12/26/2014: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Grossinger Autoplex, 6500 N. McCormick Blvd
12/24/2014: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 701 W. North Ave
12/18/2014: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., La Moille High School, 801 S. Main, PO Box 440
Du Page County
12/20/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Packey Webb Ford, 2150 Ogden
12/31/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Masjid Baitul-Jaamay, 2S510 Illinois Route 53
12/26/2014: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Town Square Wheaton, 271 Town Square
12/18/2014: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive
12/26/2014: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive
12/26/2014: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd.
12/17/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 175 S Main St
12/29/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Momence Fire Department, 15 N Pine
La Salle County
12/16/2014: 10:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Moose Lodge, Route 34
12/16/2014: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 1530 4th Street
12/18/2014: 8:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., City Hall, 204 S Bloomington
12/29/2014: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort - Utica, 2643 North Illinois Route 178
12/18/2014: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, 403 E. First Street
12/31/2014: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Huntley Outlet Center, 11800 Factory Shops Blvd.
12/23/2014: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street
12/17/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St.
12/24/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St.
12/31/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St.
12/19/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Halo Branded Solutions, 1980 Industrial Drive
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.