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Red Cross seeks blood donations to offset seasonal decline


The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help offset a seasonal decline in donations and prevent a shortage this summer by giving blood. 

During June, July and August, there are about two fewer donors than needed at each Red Cross blood drive. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session, and vacation schedules can make regular donors less available – both contributing to the seasonal decline.

Donors of all blood types – especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer. Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types. Plasma helps maintain blood pressure and supplies critical proteins for clotting immunity. It is often needed for burn, trauma and cancer patients. 

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 

Bureau County 

Princeton 

7/24/2015: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Allegion-LCN, 1224 North Main Street Spring Valley 

7/28/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., St Margaret's Hospital, 600 E. First

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Cook County 

Chicago 

7/17/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Powerhouse Ministries Intl, 7040 S Western 

7/20/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago 

7/22/2015: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Avenue 

7/26/2015: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Holy Name Cathedral, 730 North Wabash 

7/27/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rush University Medical Center, 1650 West Harrison Street 

7/31/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior Melrose Park 

7/16/2015: 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 701 W. North Ave Northbrook 

7/30/2015: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel, 933 Skokie Sauk Village 

7/19/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. James Catholic Church, 22400 S. Torrence 

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Du Page County 

Bensenville 

7/28/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fenton Community High School, 1000 W. Green Street 

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Kankakee County 

Aroma Park 

7/18/2015: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., United Methodist Church, 3rd and Division Bourbonnais 

7/16/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 

7/23/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 

7/23/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Northfield Square Mall, 1600 N. St. Rt. 50 

7/30/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive Bradley 

7/20/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Moose Lodge, 730 N Kinzie Ave Kankakee 

7/29/2015: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall 

7/31/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 907 S 9th Ave Manteno 

7/25/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Christian Church of Manteno, 401 East Third 

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Kendall County 

Oswego 

7/18/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Oswego YMCA, 160 E. Washington Street, Oswego YMCA 

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Lake County 

Round Lake 

7/21/2015: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Rd 

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La Salle County

Marseilles 

7/16/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., First Congregational United Church of Christ, 255 E. Bluff Mendota 

7/28/2015: 10:45 a.m. - 5 p.m., Moose Lodge, Route 34 

7/30/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., OSF Saint Paul Medical Center, 1401 12th Street Ottawa 

7/30/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., VFW, 1501 LaSalle Street Peru 

7/21/2015: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 4th Street Streator 

7/16/2015: 8:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., First Baptist Church, 204 S. Monroe 

7/24/2015: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Plymouth Tube, 1209 E. 12th Street Tonica 

7/20/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 423 Wauponis Street 

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Lee County 

Dixon 

7/28/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2nd and Peoria 

7/29/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Elk's Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Rd 

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McHenry County 

Algonquin 

7/23/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Algonquin Area Public Library District, 2600 Harnish Drive Crystal Lake 

7/23/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Nunda Township, 3510 Bay Road 

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Whiteside County 

Fulton 

7/28/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street Morrison 

7/16/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 200 West Lincolnway Rock Falls 

7/22/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. 

7/29/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. Sterling 

7/18/2015: 6 a.m. - 12 p.m., CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road 

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Will County 

Bolingbrook 

7/18/2015: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., The Promenade Bolingbrook, 631 E. Boughton Road

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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.