Year-round blood donations focus of World Blood Donor Day

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Summer is a challenging time to collect enough blood donations to meet patient needs. If at least two more donors give blood at every Red Cross blood drive this summer — above what’s expected — it will help ensure blood is available for patients.

Chicago, Ill. (May 15, 2013) — No matter the season, the need for blood is constant. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a transfusion, and around 44,000 pints of blood must be donated every day to meet patient needs.

To emphasize the importance of giving blood year-round, and timed with World Blood Donor Day on June 14, the American Red Cross encourages those eligible to become regular donors, especially during the summer.

Summer is a challenging time to collect enough blood donations to meet patient needs. If at least two more donors give blood at every Red Cross blood drive this summer — above what’s expected — it will help ensure blood is available for patients at a moment’s notice.

A stable blood supply is vital for treating trauma victims, cancer patients, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and many others.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Cook County

  • May 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blue Plate Catering, 1061 W. Van Buren in Chicago, Ill.
  • May 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at DePaul University Phi Kappa Psi, 2250 N. Sheffield in Chicago, Ill.
  • May 23 from 2-7 p.m. at Lexington Health Care Center, 675 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, Ill.
  • May 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The HIP, 4104 N. Harlem Ave. in Norridge, Ill.
  • May 30 from 3-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 544 W. Northwest Highway in Arlington Heights, Ill.
  • May 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CBRE, 100 N. Riverside Plaza in Chicago, Ill.
  • June 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Christina, 11036 S. Christiana in Chicago, Ill.
  • June 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood, Ill.
  • June 5 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Zorch, 223 W. Erie in Chicago, Ill.
  • June 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hines, 300 N. LaSalle in Chicago, Ill.
  • June 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The 175 West Jackson Building, 175 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago, Ill.
  • June 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Piedmont Office Management, 500 W. Monroe in Chicago, Ill.
  • June 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Harbor Group Management, 300 S. Wacker Drive in Chicago, Ill.
  • June 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Northwestern University Phi Delta Theta, 2347 Sheridan Road in Evanston, Ill.
  • June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stickney-Forest View Public Library District, 6800 W. 43rd St. in Stickney, Ill.
  • June 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 120 S. LaSalle Building, 120 S. LaSalle St. in Chicago, Ill.
  • June 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chicago East West University, 816 S. Michigan in Chicago, Ill.
  • June 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ally Financial, 15303 94th Ave. in Orland Park, Ill.
  • June 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rotary International, 1560 Sherman Ave. in Evanston, Ill.
  • June 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The HIP, 4104 N. Harlem Ave. in Norridge, Ill.
  • DuPage County

  • May 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Warrenville South High School, 1920 S. Wiesbrook in Wheaton, Ill.
  • Iroquois County

  • May 21 from 2-7 p.m. at Fire Station, 301 S. Chicago in Milford, Ill.
  • June 3 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at Chebanse Community Building, 185 Chestnut in Chebanse, Ill.
  • June 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, 200 E. Fairman Ave. in Watseka, Ill.
  • Kankakee County

  • May 20 from 3-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • May 23 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • May 30 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • May 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall in Kankakee, Ill.
  • June 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Cornerstone Church, 855 W. 5000 North Road in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • June 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Teresa Lisieux Pastoral Center, 371 N. St. Joseph in Kankakee, Ill.
  • June 3 from 3-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • June 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lowe’s, 860 N. Kinzie in Bradley, Ill.
  • June 6 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • June 7 from 1:45-7 p.m. at Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Road in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • June 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ultra Foods, 1200 N. Kennedy in Kankakee, Ill.
  • June 10 from 3-6 p.m. at Moose Lodge, 730 N. Kinzie Ave. in Bradley, Ill.
  • June 13 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Lake County

  • May 21 from 3-7 p.m. at Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Road in Round Lake, Ill.
  • June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Hope Christian Community Church, 1020 W. Rollins Road in Round Lake Beach, Ill.
  • How to donate blood

    Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.