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Give Thanks by Giving Blood This Holiday Season


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: 

Cook County

Chicago 

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 

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Kankakee County

Aroma Park 

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

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Lake County

Libertyville 

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

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Will County

Bolingbrook 

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.