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Help the American Red Cross Prevent a Summer Shortage

Donate Blood
Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions.

The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer blood shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed. 

The Red Cross is seeing fewer appointments at its blood donation centers and blood drives this summer than what is needed to ensure blood and platelets continue to be available for patients. During the summer months of June, July and August, on average, about two fewer donors make an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer. 

Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood. 

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 

  • July 16 from 5-9 p.m. at Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Ave. in Chicago, Ill. 
  • July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Evanston 500 Davis, 500 Davis St. in Evanston, Ill. 
  • July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Amex Nooter, 18501 Maple Creek Drive, Suite 900 in Tinley Park, Ill. 
  • July 18 from 12-6 p.m. at Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill. 
  • July 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 22400 S. Torrence in Sauk Village, Ill. 
  • July 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Lincoln Property Company, 150 S. Wacker Drive in Chicago, Ill. 
  • July 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pathways in Education, 3100 W. Belmont in Chicago, Ill. 
  • July 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pathways in Education - South Campus, 3284 W. 87th St. in Chicago, Ill. 
  • July 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rush University Medical Center Armour Academic Facility, 600 S. Paulina in Chicago, Ill. 
  • July 25 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Doubletree by Hilton Chicago Magnificdent Mile, 300 E. Ohio St. in Chicago, Ill. 
  • July 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Moody Church, 1635 N. Clark in Chicago, Ill. 
  • July 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ziegler, 200 S. Wacker in Chicago, Ill. 
  • July 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ziegler, 200 S. Wacker in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Du Page County 

  • July 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chicago Church of Christ, 188 W. Butterfield Road in Elmhurst, Ill. 
  • July 20 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sant Nirankari Mission, 1 South 772 and South 750, Route 59 in Warrenville, Ill. 
  • July 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fenton Community High School, 1000 W. Green St. in Bensenville, Ill. 
  • Kankakee County 

  • July 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Riverside Health Fitness Center, 100 Fitness Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • July 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive in Kankakee, Ill. 
  • July 17 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • July 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northfield Square Mall, 1600 N. St. Rt. 50 in Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • July 22 from 12-4 p.m. at Court St. Ford, 558 William Latham Dr. in Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • July 24 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • July 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall in Kankakee, Ill. 
  • July 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christian Church of Manteno, 401 E. Third in Manteno, Ill. 
  • July 31 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • Lake County 

  • July 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chicago Church of Christ North Suburban Center, 1100 W. Dundee in Buffalo Grove, 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 @ChicagoRedCross