The American Red Cross encourages all eligible donors to choose their day to help save lives by giving blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day. Every year, on June 14, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day.
The occasion raises awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and thanks voluntary blood donors for their lifesaving gifts of blood.
“World Blood Donor Day comes at a very important time each year,” said Shelly Heiden, community CEO, Heart of America Blood Services Region. “Summer can be a challenging time for blood donations, with fewer donors available to donate blood due to busy summer schedules. World Blood Donor Day gives us an opportunity to highlight the need for blood during the summer months and year-round.”
World Blood Donor Day occurs on day 21 of the Red Cross 100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope. campaign. Heiden added that it’s a perfect time for donors to help save lives and boost the blood supply for patients in need.
To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
June 1 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Manse for Kenilworth Church, 417 Warwick Ave. in Kenilworth, Ill.
June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The 175 West Jackson Building, 175 W. Jackson Blvd in Chicago, Ill.
June 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hines, 300 N. LaSalle in Chicago, Ill.
June 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood, Ill.
June 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Foster-Walker Complex, 1927 Orrington Ave. in Evanston, Ill.
June 6 from 12-5 p.m. at DePaul University Quad, 2300 N. Seminary in Chicago, Ill.
June 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash in Chicago, Ill.
June 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The HIP, 4104 N. Harlem Ave. in Norridge, Ill.
June 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kendall College, 900 N. Branch in Chicago, Ill.
June 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis in Chicago, Ill.
June 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis in Chicago, Ill.
June 5 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
June 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Cornerstone Church, 855 W. 5000 N Road in Bourbonnais, Ill.
June 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive in Kankakee, Ill.
June 12 from 2-7 p.m. at Reddick Fire Department, 210 E. Main St. in Reddick, Ill.
June 12 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
June 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Saint Anne High School, 650 W. Guertin St. in Saint Anne, Ill.
June 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Barrington Elementary School - Community, 310 N. IL Route 59 in Barrington, Ill.
June 14 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at New Hope Christian Community Church, 1020 W. Rollins Road in Round Lake Heights, Ill.
June 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Burkey Mall, 2650 Green Bay Road in Great Lakes, Ill.
June 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Second Place Church, 6370 W. Emerald Prky in Monee, Ill.
June 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 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.