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Red Cross Seeks Blood Donors in Weeks Leading Up to Summer

Blood donations often decrease when regular donors are vacationing and school is out of session.

The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to help ensure blood is available for patients in need by giving blood in May before the busy summer season kicks in. 

Blood and platelet donations often decrease when regular donors are vacationing and school is out of session, but the need for blood is constant. Donors are needed in the weeks leading up to summer to help alleviate this seasonal decline. 

Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring. 

Those who come to donate blood between May 23 and May 25, 2015, will receive a limited-edition Red Cross-branded RuMe® tote bag, while supplies last. 

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities 

Cook County 

Chicago 

5/18/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., DePaul University Phi Kappa Psi, 2300 N. Seminary 

5/20/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., CBRE, 100 North Riverside Plaza, Suite 1640 

5/27/2015: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Avenue 

5/29/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior 

Evanston 

5/28/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Foster-Walker Complex, 1927 Orrington Ave 

Kenilworth 

5/31/2015: 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Manse for Kenilworth Church, 417 Warwick Ave 

Rolling Meadows 

5/19/2015: 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Central Road School, 3800 West Central Road 

Sauk Village 

5/17/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. James Catholic Church, 22400 S. Torrence 

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Bureau County 

Spring Valley 

5/26/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., St Margaret's Hospital, 600 E. First

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Du Page County 

Wheaton 

5/24/2015: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Warrenville South High School, 1920 South Wiesbrook 

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Kankakee County 

Bourbonnais 

5/21/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 

5/23/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Northfield Square Mall, 1600 N. St. Rt. 50 

5/28/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 

Bradley 

5/16/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Moose Lodge, 730 N Kinzie Ave 

Grant Park 

5/27/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Peter's UCC, 310 N. Meadow St.

Kankakee 

5/22/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Limestone Fire Department, 4948 W Rt 17 

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Lake County 

Round Lake 

5/19/2015: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Rd 

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La Salle County 

Marseilles 

5/21/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., First Congregational United Church of Christ, 255 E. Bluff 

Mendota 

5/28/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., OSF Saint Paul Medical Center, 1401 12th Street 

Ottawa 

5/28/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., VFW, 1501 LaSalle Street 

Peru 

5/19/2015: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 1530 4th Street 

Streator 

5/21/2015: 8:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., City Hall, 204 S Bloomington 

5/21/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Teleperformance, 12 Northpoint Dr. 

Tonica 

5/18/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 423 Wauponis Street 

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Lee County 

Dixon 

5/19/2015: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Borg Warner, 1350 Franklin Grove Road 

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Whiteside County 

Fulton 

5/26/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street 

Morrison 

5/21/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 200 West Lincolnway 

Rock Falls 

5/20/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. 

5/27/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. 

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Will County 

Naperville 

5/26/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fry Family YMCA of Metro Chicago, 2120 W. 95th Street 

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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. 

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