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Make Blood Donation a Lifelong Habit

The American Red Cross reminds eligible donors that it’s never too late – or too early – to make blood donation a lifelong habit. 

Many blood donors report making their first blood donation while in high school. High school and college students account for about 20 percent of all blood donations to the Red Cross. Individuals can begin donating at 17 years old, or 16 in some states, and continue to donate as long as they meet eligibility requirements. 

Blood donations often decline during the winter holidays when school is not in session. The Red Cross is offering 16- to 24-year-old students currently enrolled in school a way to help overcome this seasonal decline and have a chance to win a college scholarship. Students who sponsor a successful blood drive between Dec. 15, 2014, and Jan. 15, 2015, through the Leaders Save Lives program will be entered to win a college scholarship and will receive a gift card. More information is available at

Donors are needed year-round, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative blood. Those who attempt to donate in October will be entered to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane. 

To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: 


Cook County


10/18/2014: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 11207 Ewing Ave. 

10/21/2014: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Willis Tower U S Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 3530- Office of the Building 

10/23/2014: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness Center, 2235 N. Sheffield 

10/27/2014: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Newberger Hillel Center, 5715 South Woodlawn 

10/27/2014: 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., North Star Lodge #1, 809 E. 42nd Place 

10/30/2014: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., University of Chicago Red Cross Club, 1100 East 57th Street 

10/31/2014: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior 

10/31/2014: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., University of Chicago Red Cross Club, 1100 East 57th Street 


10/17/2014: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Foster-Walker Complex, 1927 Orrington Ave 

Harwood Heights 

10/19/2014: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Divine Savior Catholic Church, 7740 W Montrose 


10/26/2014: 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Manse for Kenilworth Church, 417 Warwick Ave 


10/23/2014: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Roosevelt University, Albert A Robin Campus, 1400 North Roosevelt Blvd 


DuPage County


10/28/2014: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Benedictine University Krasa Center, 5700 College Road  


Kankakee County 


10/16/2014: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 

10/23/2014: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 

10/30/2014: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 

10/31/2014: 1:45 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd. 



10/27/2014: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Momence Fire Department, 15 N Pine


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.