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Give blood and help save lives


Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. It’s the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.

Chris was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him recover.

Type O negative blood is especially needed right now. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to patients with any type. To make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients in need, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

 

Cook County

Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 22400 S. Torrence in Sauk Village, Ill.

Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at McCormick Place, 2233 S. King Drive in Chicago, Ill.

Feb. 16 from 12-8 p.m. at McCormick Place, 2233 S. King Drive in Chicago, Ill.

Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at McCormick Place, 2233 S. King Drive in Chicago, Ill.

Feb. 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at McCormick Place, 2233 S. King Drive in Chicago, Ill.

Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Willis Tower U.S. Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive in Chicago, Ill.

Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren in Chicago, Ill.

Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cordell Reed Student Union, 9501 S. King Drive in Chicago, Ill.

Feb. 20 from 1-6 p.m. at Options Laboratory High School and Little Black Pearl Art & Design Center, 1060 E. 47th St. in Chicago, Ill.

Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 120 S. LaSalle Building, 120 S. LaSalle St. in Chicago, Ill.

Feb. 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Roofers Local 11, 7045 Joliet Road in Indian Head Park, Ill.

Feb. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th St. in Palos Hills, Ill.

Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Coffey Hall, 1000 W. Sheridan in Chicago, Ill.

Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ozinga Chapel, 6601 W. College Drive in Palos Heights, Ill.

Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lutheran School of Theology Community Life Building, 1100 E. 55th in Chicago, Ill.

Feb. 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McGaw Pavilion, 240 E. Huron in Chicago, Ill.

Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Prentice Women’s Hospital, 250 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill.

 

Kankakee County

Feb. 17 from 3-6 p.m. at Moose Lodge, 730 N. Kinzie Ave. in Bradley, Ill.

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

Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lions Hall, Parls Street in Essex, Ill.

Feb. 24 from 2-6 p.m. at Momence Fire Department, 15 N. Pine in Momence, Ill.

Feb. 27 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Feb. 28 from10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. –Platelet donations only. Platelet donations are taken by appointment only.

Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bishop McNamara Catholic High School, 550 W. Brookmont Blvd. in Kankakee, Ill.

 

Lake County

Feb. 21 from 2:30-7 p.m. at St. Martin de Porress High School, 515 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in Waukegan, Ill.

 

Will County

Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Wilmington High School, 209 Wildcat Court in Wilmington, Ill.

 

How to donate blood: Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.