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Red Cross Celebrates a Century of Serving Chicago

Throughout 2015, the American Red Cross will celebrate 100 years of serving the residents of the Greater Chicago area. From disaster response, health and safety classes, to blood collection and support of military members and their families, the Red Cross has served the needs of the Chicago area for a century. 

To help kick-off the year-long celebration, the Red Cross is partnering with ABC 7 Eyewitness News, Fresenius Kabi, iHeartMedia Chicago and Univision to host the 100th Anniversary Blood Drive on Jan. 21 at Union Station. This special event blood drive comes at a crucial time of year for hospital patients in need. 

Inclement weather and seasonal illnesses often result in fewer blood donations, increasing the need for donations during the winter months. Blood collected on Jan. 21 will help ensure cancer patients, trauma victims, surgery patients and others have the blood products they need. 

“Not only does the 100th Anniversary Blood Drive commemorate a century of the Red Cross serving Chicago, those who roll up a sleeve on Jan. 21 will give the gift of life to patients,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region. “There’s no better way to celebrate this special milestone than by helping the Red Cross maintain a sufficient blood supply during the challenging winter months.” 

100th Anniversary Blood Drive 

Jan. 21 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Union Station – Great Hall, 500 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Ill. Those who come to donate will receive a commemorative Red Cross 100th anniversary T-shirt and free gift bag, while supplies last. 

To make a donation appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), visit (enter sponsor code Union Station) or download the Red Cross Blood Donor App. To engage with the Red Cross in Chicago during their centennial year, use the hashtag #ChicagoRedCross100 on social media. 

Donors of all blood types are needed on Jan. 21, particularly O negative, A negative and B negative. Each day, the Red Cross needs 15,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. There is no substitute for donated blood products. 

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 @ChicagoRedCross.