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More Blood Donations Needed This Summer

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The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

The American Red Cross encourages blood donors to help prevent a summer shortage by rolling up a sleeve to give. Donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. 

Type O negative is universal and can likely be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to patients with either Rh positive or negative blood. These blood types are the most in demand and the first to run out if there is a shortage. 

To encourage more people to make time to donate blood before and after Independence Day, all presenting blood donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. 

The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood and help save lives, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: 

Cook County 

  • July 1 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 701 W. North Ave. in Melrose Park, Ill. 
  • July 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at American Red Cross, 2200 West Harrison St. in Chicago, Ill. 
  • July 2 from 12-4 p.m. at Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel, 933 Skokie in Northbrook, Ill. 
  • July 3 from 3-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 544 W. Northwest Highway in Arlington Heights, Ill. 
  • July 3 from 3-7 p.m. at Northlake Public Library, 231 N. Wolf Road in Northlake, Ill. 
  • July 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Temple Sholom, 3480 N. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Ill. 
  • July 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at University of Chicago Red Cross Club, 1100 E. 57th St. in Chicago, Ill. 
  • July 8 from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 First Ave. in Maywood, Ill. 
  • July 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DePaul University Corelyou Commons, 2324 N. Fremont in Chicago, Ill. 
  • July 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave in Maywood, Ill. 
  • July 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marc Realty, 55 E. Jackson in Chicago, Ill. 
  • July 14 from 12-6 p.m. at Robert H. Lurie Center of Northwestern University, 303 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill. 
  • July 14 from 12-6 p.m. at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago in Chicago, Ill. 
  • July 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Willis Tower U S Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Kankakee County

  • June 30 from 2-6 p.m. at Momence Fire Department, 15 N. Pine in Momence, Ill. 
  • July 3 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • July 10 from 3-7 p.m. at Kankakee Public Library, 201 E. Merchant in Kankakee, Ill. 
  • July 10 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • July 11 from 1:45-7 p.m. at Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Road in Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • July 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kankakee Area YMCA, 1075 N. Kennedy Drive in Kankakee, Ill. 
  • July 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 3rd and Division in Aroma Park, Ill. 
  • July 14 from 3-6 p.m. at Moose Lodge, 730 N. Kinzie Ave. in Bradley, Ill. 
  • July 14 from 12-6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 225 E. Third in Herscher, Ill. 
  • Lake County 

  • July 15 from 3-7 p.m. at Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Road in Round Lake, Ill. 
  • Will County 

  • July 14 from 3-7 p.m. at Terry's Automotive Group, 363 N. Harlem Ave. in Peotone, 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.