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Give One Last Gift This Holiday With a Blood Donation


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 

Cook County

Chicago 

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 

Lincolnwood 

12/26/2014: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Grossinger Autoplex, 6500 N. McCormick Blvd 

Melrose Park 

12/24/2014: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m., Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 701 W. North Ave 

Bureau County

La Moille 

12/18/2014: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., La Moille High School, 801 S. Main, PO Box 440 

Du Page County

Downers Grove 

12/20/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Packey Webb Ford, 2150 Ogden 

Glen Ellyn 

12/31/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Masjid Baitul-Jaamay, 2S510 Illinois Route 53 

Wheaton 

12/26/2014: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Town Square Wheaton, 271 Town Square 

Kankakee County

Bourbonnais 

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. 

Manteno 

12/17/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 175 S Main St 

Momence 

12/29/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Momence Fire Department, 15 N Pine 

La Salle County

Mendota 

12/16/2014: 10:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Moose Lodge, Route 34 

Peru 

12/16/2014: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 1530 4th Street 

Streator 

12/18/2014: 8:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., City Hall, 204 S Bloomington 

Utica 

12/29/2014: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort - Utica, 2643 North Illinois Route 178 

Lee County

Dixon 

12/18/2014: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, 403 E. First Street 

McHenry County 

Huntley 

12/31/2014: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Huntley Outlet Center, 11800 Factory Shops Blvd. 

Whiteside County

Fulton 

12/23/2014: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street 

Rock Falls 

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. 

Sterling 

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.