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Help Communities Prepare for Emergencies by Donating Blood


The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month this September. 

Becoming a regular blood donor is one way to help ensure communities are prepared for any emergency, including those where blood transfusions are needed. The Red Cross also encourages the public to get prepared by making a disaster plan for their homes or work places. 

A sufficient blood supply is central to ensuring hospitals are prepared to meet patient needs in times of disaster, including the very personal ones that can happen any day. Because blood takes about 48 hours to be tested, processed and made available for patients, it’s the blood already on the shelves that can help save the day when emergencies occur. 

Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for patients needing transfusions. The Red Cross needs blood donors of all types – especially those with types AB, O negative, B negative and A negative – to give blood regularly. 

To make an appointment to give blood, download the www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/blood-app">Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). For information on planning for emergencies and preparedness training, visit redcross.org/prepare

Upcoming blood donation opportunities 

Bureau County 

Spring Valley 

9/22/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., St Margaret's Hospital, 600 E. First 

Cook County 

Chicago 

9/17/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cook County Juvenile Court, 2245 West Ogden Ave 

9/17/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Centennial Forum Student Union/Mertz Hall, 1125 W. Loyola Avenue 

9/19/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., American Red Cross Chicago Chapter, 2200 West Harrison Street 

9/21/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., LoadDelivered, 750 N Orleans St. 

9/23/2015: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Avenue 

9/26/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Laugh Factory, 3175 N Broadway 

9/27/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Our Lady of Tepeyac Elementary School, 2235 South Albany 

9/28/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rush University Medical Center, 1650 West Harrison Street 

9/30/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren 

Des Plaines 

9/20/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Highland Capital Brokerage, Lowe's Ohare, 5300 N River Rd 

Maywood 

9/18/2015: 6 a.m. - 11 a.m., Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 First Ave, Stritch School of Medicine 

Melrose Park 

9/24/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 701 W. North Ave 

Palos Heights 

9/29/2015: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., West Hall, 6601 W. College Drive 

River Forest 

9/27/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., River Forest West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 North Harlem 

Sauk Village 

9/20/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. James Catholic Church, 22400 S. Torrence

DeKalb County 

Dekalb 

9/30/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Holmes Student Center, 1425 W Lincoln Highway 

Kankakee County 

Bourbonnais 

9/17/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 

9/23/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Northfield Square Mall, 1600 N. St. Rt. 50 

9/24/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 9

/30/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Olivet Nazarene University, 240 E. Marseilles Bradley 

9/27/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Adventure Church, 235 N Kinzie Ave Grant Park 

9/24/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Peter's UCC, 310 N. Meadow St. Kankakee 

9/29/2015: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall Saint Anne 

9/26/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Pumpkin Fest, 190 N 2nd Ave, Fire Department

Lake County 

North Chicago 

9/18/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, 3333 Greenbay Road 

Round Lake 

9/22/2015: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Rd 

Waukegan 

9/18/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Saint Martin de Porress High School, 515 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. 

La Salle County 

Mendota 

9/22/2015: 10:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Moose Lodge, Route 34 

9/29/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., OSF Saint Paul Medical Center, 1401 12th Street 

Oglesby 

9/24/2015: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Illinois Valley Community College, 815 N. Orlando Smith Rd., RR1 

Streator 

9/17/2015: 8:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., First Baptist Church, 204 S. Monroe 

Lee County 

Dixon 

9/22/2015: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kreider Services, 500 Anchor Road 

9/23/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Church of the Brethren, 215 North Court Sublette 

9/29/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 202 South Locust Street

Whiteside County 

Erie 

9/30/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Erie High School, 435 6th Ave 

Fulton 

9/22/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street 

Morrison 

9/17/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Emmanuel Reformed Church, 200 E. Morris 

9/28/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Morrison Resthave, 408 Maple Avenue 

Rock Falls 

9/16/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. 

9/23/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. 

9/30/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. 

Sterling 

9/30/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Newman Central Catholic High School, 1101 W. 23rd Street 

Will County 

Naperville 

9/28/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fry Family YMCA of Metro Chicago, 2120 W. 95th Street 

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. 

Blood donors in the Heart of America Blood Services Region can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site. 

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.