The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood to help ensure sufficient blood supplies are available for patients this holiday season.
Blood donations often decline during the holidays when donors get busy with travel and family gatherings, but the need for blood remains steady. Someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.
Eligible donors with all types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and 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).
As extra encouragement to donate blood during the busiest time of November for many people, presenting blood donors from Nov. 26 through Nov. 30 will receive a limited-edition Red Cross potholder stuffed with unique celebrity chef recipes, while supplies last. Thanksgiving recipes are courtesy of Mario Batali, Rocco DiSpirito, Alex Guarnaschelli and Mike Isabella.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
11/16/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Queen of All Saints Church and School, 6230 N. Lemont
11/18/2014: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Willis Tower U S Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 3530- Office of the Building
11/20/2014: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Loyola University - Regis Hall, 6340 N. Winthrop Ave
11/24/2014: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Chicago Hines, 303 East Wacker, Suite 1280
11/24/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., CPD - Police Academay, 1300 W. Jackson
11/25/2014: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N St. Louis
11/26/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rush University Medical Center, 1650 West Harrison Street
11/26/2014: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N St. Louis
11/28/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rush University Medical Center, 1650 West Harrison Street
11/30/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Holy Name Cathedral, 730 North Wabash Glenview
11/22/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Chicago Harley-Davidson, 2929 Patriot Blvd
11/29/2014: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., United Methodist Church, 3rd and Division Bourbonnais
11/20/2014: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive
11/28/2014: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive Kankakee
11/25/2014: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Limestone Fire Department, 4948 W Rt 17 Saint Anne
11/25/2014: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Anne Parish Hall, 230 N. Sixth
11/22/2014: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lake Shore Harley-Davidson, 14000 W Rockland Rd. Round Lake
11/18/2014: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Rd
11/28/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., The Promenade Bolingbrook, 631 E. Boughton Road Joliet
11/17/2014: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Road
11/26/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Road Wilmington
11/20/2014: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Wilmington High School, 209 Wildcat Court
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.