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Help Maintain a Diverse Blood Supply

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient and diverse blood supply by giving blood this February. 

Since the beginning of the year, widespread flu and inclement winter weather in some parts of the country have prevented many regular donors from making or keeping their blood donation appointments. Healthy and diverse blood donors are needed to help maintain a sufficient blood supply. 

Diversity among blood donors is important because red blood cells carry markers that determine one’s blood type, and certain blood types are unique to specific racial and ethnic groups. Blood must be matched very closely for those patients with rare blood types or for those who need repeated transfusions. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar ethnicity. 

All blood types are needed, especially types 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 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities 

Cook County


2/16/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Warde Academic Center, 3700 W. 103rd Street 

2/16/2015: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lutheran School of Theology Community Life Building, 1100 E. 55th 

2/22/2015: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive 

2/23/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rush University Medical Center, 1650 West Harrison Street 

2/23/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., San Francisco Hall, 6327 N. Kenmore Ave 

2/24/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Bartlett Commons, 5640 South University 

2/25/2015: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior 

2/26/2015: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior 

2/27/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Bartlett Commons, 5640 South University 


2/22/2015: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., The Korean United Methodist Church of South Suburban Chicago, 19320 S. Kedzie 

Indian Head Park 

2/28/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Roofers Local 11, 7045 Joliet Road 

Palos Heights 

2/19/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., West Hall, 6601 W. College Drive 

Palos Hills 

2/27/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., L Building, 9000 W. College Pkwy 


Kankakee County 


2/19/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 

2/20/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd. 

2/26/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 


2/23/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Momence Fire Department, 15 N Pine 


Lake County

Round Lake 

2/20/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Round Lake Beach Police Department, 1937 N. Municipal Way 


La Salle County


2/25/2015: 7:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, 1100 E. Norris Drive 


2/17/2015: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 1530 4th Street 


2/19/2015: 8:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., City Hall, 204 S Bloomington 

2/24/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 509 E. Broadway 


Lee County


2/17/2015: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, 403 E. First Street 


Ogle County


2/27/2015: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Polo High School, 100 S. Union Ave. 


Whiteside County


2/24/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street 


2/18/2015: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sterling High School, 1608 4th Ave. 


Will County


2/18/2015: 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 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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.