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American Red Cross Calls on Eligible Donors With All Blood Types

Corry Chapter Hosts Blood Drives Throughout the Year
As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed.

The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage. 

During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But, patients don’t get a vacation from needing blood – the need is constant. 

As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. By donating blood or platelets through the Red Cross, donors may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation. 

Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must constantly be replenished. 

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 

  • Aug. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 4543 S. Princeton Ave. in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood, Ill. 
  • Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at One Financial Plaza, 440 S. LaSalle in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SAP America, 1721 Moon Lake Blvd. in Hoffman Estates, Ill. 
  • Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Google, 20 W. Kinzie in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Ave. in Forest Park, Ill. 
  • Aug. 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The HIP, 4104 N. Harlem Ave. in Norridge, Ill. 
  • Aug. 14 from 3-8 p.m. at DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness Center, 2235 N. Sheffield in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark St. in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Aug. 15 from 1-5 p.m. at 32nd Ward Office, 2657 N. Clybourne in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark St. in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Du Page County 

  • Aug. 5 from 2-7 p.m. at Walgreens, 6S235 Steeple Run Drive in Naperville, Ill. 
  • Kankakee County 

  • Aug. 7 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • Aug. 14 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, 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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.