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Every two seconds someone needs blood: Red Cross urges blood donations


The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in August and help meet the constant need for blood products by patients. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Despite travel and other activities that may cause some donors to be less available to give, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

With more summer days ahead, every blood donation is important in helping ensure blood is available for patients in need, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those who need it. 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.

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

Walnut

8/3/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Walnut Community Bible Church, 125 Jackson Street

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Cook County

Brookfield

8/5/2015: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center, 3300 Golf Road

Chicago

8/11/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Willis Tower U S Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive

8/13/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cook County Building, 118 North Clark Street

Chicago Ridge

8/15/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Chicago Ridge Mall, 444 Chicago Ridge Mall

Maywood

8/4/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave.

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Kankakee County

Bourbonnais

8/6/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive

8/7/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd.

8/13/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive

Herscher

8/3/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Herscher Christian Church, 30 Tobey Drive

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La Salle County

Earlville

8/13/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lutheran Church, 407 East Street

Grand Ridge

8/1/2015: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Farm Ridge Township Building, 228 W. Penn

Mendota

8/8/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mendota Sweet Corn Festival, Indiana and Jefferson

Ottawa

8/4/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Carpenter's Local 195, 1001 Boyce Memorial Drive

8/6/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1401 State Street

Peru

8/4/2015: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 4th Street

Streator

8/6/2015: 1:45 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 204 S. Monroe

Utica

8/8/2015: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 500 Hitt

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Lee County

Dixon

8/5/2015: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Illinois Department of Transportation, 819 Depot

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McHenry County

Harvard

8/4/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Mercy Harvard Hospital, 901 Grant Street

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Whiteside County

Fulton

8/11/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street

Prophetstown

8/10/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD #3, 79 Grove St.

Rock Falls

8/5/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St.

8/12/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St.

Sterling

8/6/2015: 9:45 a.m. - 4 p.m., CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road

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Will County

Bolingbrook

8/13/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 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.

Blood donors in the Heart of America Blood Services Region can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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. The Red Cross is supported in part through generous financial donations from the United Way. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.