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Start a Lifesaving Habit by Giving Blood


The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to start a lifesaving habit by becoming a regular blood donor this year, starting with National Blood Donor Month in January. 

January is a challenging time for blood donations. Inclement weather can result in blood drive cancellations, and cold and flu season may cause some donors to be unable to make or keep blood donation appointments. National Blood Donor Month, celebrated in January since 1970, raises awareness of the need for blood during the winter and throughout the year, while honoring those who roll up a sleeve to help patients in need. 

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type. Types A and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients. 

To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, 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 

1/20/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Newberger Hillel Center, 5715 South Woodlawn 

1/21/2015: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Chicago Union Station, 500 W Jackson Blvd 

1/23/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., San Francisco Hall, 6327 N. Kenmore Ave 

1/23/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Prentice Women’s Hospital, 250 E. Superior 

1/26/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rush University Medical Center, 1650 West Harrison Street 

1/28/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N St. Louis 

1/29/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N St. Louis 

1/30/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., San Francisco Hall, 6327 N. Kenmore Ave 

1/30/2015: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness Center, 2235 N. Sheffield 

1/31/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Third Baptist Church of Chicago, 1551 W. 95th St. 

Des Plaines 

1/26/2015: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Riverway Complex, 6133 North River Road 

Evanston 

1/16/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Foster-Walker Complex, 1927 Orrington Ave 

River Forest 

1/18/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., River Forest West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 North Harlem 

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Bureau County 

Spring Valley 

1/27/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., St Margaret's Hospital, 600 E. First 

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DuPage County 

Lisle 

1/19/2015: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Benedictine University- Kindlon hall, 5700 College Road 

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Kane County 

Saint Charles 

1/17/2015: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main Street

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Kankakee County 

Bourbonnais 

1/22/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 

1/29/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 

Kankakee 

1/30/2015: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall 

Saint Anne 

1/20/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St Anne Grade School, 333 S St. Louis Ave 

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Lake County 

Round Lake 

1/20/2015: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Rd

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La Salle County 

Earlville 

1/19/2015: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lutheran Church, 407 East Street Marseilles 

1/29/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., First Congregational United Church of Christ, 255 E. Bluff 

Oglesby 

1/22/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Illinois Valley Community College, 815 N. Orlando Smith Rd., RR1 

Peru 

1/20/2015: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 1530 4th Street 

Tonica 

1/26/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 423 Wauponis Street

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McHenry County 

Crystal Lake 

1/27/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Faith Lutheran High School, 174 McHenry Ave 

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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.