Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month. The mission of the Red Cross is to help the public prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
During National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross reminds Americans to take simple steps to get ready for emergencies in their homes, workplaces and communities. One way to support this mission is to become a regular blood donor.
A stable blood supply is central to ensuring patient needs are met in emergencies. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients. It’s the blood already on the shelves that can help save lives when disaster strikes.
To help increase donations during the month of September, those who come out to donate blood or platelets throughout the month will receive a coupon by email for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations.
Appointments to donate and help the Red Cross prepare for patient needs across the country can be made at redcrossblood.org. Information about other ways to help prepare for emergencies is available at redcross.org.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
9/16/2014: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Willis Tower U S Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 3530
9/18/2014: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., DePaul University Phi Kappa Psi, 2300 N. Seminary
9/19/2014: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior
9/23/2014: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Damen Student Center, 6511 N. Sheridan
9/24/2014: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Avenue
9/17/2014: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., J.C. Restoration, 3200 Squibb Ave
Du Page County
9/22/2014: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Chick-fil-A, 301 E. Loop Road
9/27/2014: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Town Square Wheaton, 271 Town Square
9/28/2014: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Warrenville South High School, 1920 South Wiesbrook
9/17/2014: 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Olivet Nazarene University, 240 E. Marseilles
9/18/2014: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive
9/25/2014: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive
9/30/2014: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive
9/28/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Adventure Church, 235 N Kinzie Ave
9/27/2014: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Kankakee Public Library, 201 E Merchant
9/30/2014: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall Saint Anne
9/27/2014: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Pumpkin Fest, 190 N 2nd Ave, Fire Department
9/16/2014: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Rd
9/26/2014: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Saint Martin de Porress High School, 515 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
9/22/2014: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Road
9/23/2014: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Road
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.