Need for blood continues during holiday season


Every day patients across the country rely on blood donated through the American Red Cross. While the need is ongoing, the supply isn’t always — especially during the holiday season, when many regular donors are busy with holiday activities. Donors of all blood types are currently needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients.

As part of the Give Something that Means Something winter campaign, blood donors can invite a loved one to follow in their footsteps or let someone know they gave in his or her honor with a customized postcard. Donors simply take a photo of a Red Cross moment, whether it’s relaxing on a donor bed, enjoying a post-donation snack or meeting a blood recipient, then upload the photo and add a message at rcblood.org/holidaypostcard. The “postagram” will be mailed anywhere the donor chooses, courtesy of the Red Cross and Postagram.

Eligible donors can help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply around the holidays. Appointments can be made by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Cook County

  • Dec. 4 from 12-6 p.m. at Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Ally Financial, 15303 94th Ave. in Orland Park, Ill.
  • Dec. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Cornelius Catholic Church & School, 5830 W. Foster in Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 22400 S. Torrence in Sauk Village, Ill.
  • Dec. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bank of America, 135 S. LaSalle in Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ozinga Chapel, 6601 W. College Drive in Palos Heights, Ill.
  • Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bank of America, 135 S. LaSalle in Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Insurance Exchange Building, 175 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Christ the King Gymnasium, 5088 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Behringer Harvard, 120 S. Riverside Plaza in Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Presidents Plaza, 8600 W. Bryn Mawr in Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 17 from 12-6 p.m. at Northwestern University Robert H. Lurie Center, 303 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hines, 300 N. LaSalle in Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Willis Tower U.S. Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive in Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Chicago Old Town Merchants & Residents Association, North Avenue and Wells Street in Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th St. in Palos Hills, Ill.
  • Dec. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Prentice Women’s Hospital, 250 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 27 from 3:30-7:30 p.m. at DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness Center, 2235 N. Sheffield in Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 27 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Prentice Women’s Hospital, 250 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 29 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Chicago Old Town Merchants & Residents Association, North Avenue and Wells Street in Chicago, Ill.
  • DuPage County

  • Dec. 9 from 3-7 p.m. at Buke’s Salon & Spa, 151 Ann St. in Clarendon Hills, Ill.
  • Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coldwell Banker, 967 W. 75th St. in Naperville, Ill.
  • Dec. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Packey Webb Ford, 2150 Ogden in Downers Grove, Ill.
  • Dec. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Town Square Wheaton, 271 Town Square in Wheaton, Ill.
  • Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Masjid Baitul-Jaamay, 2s510 Highway 53 in Glen Ellyn, Ill.
  • Kankakee County

  • Dec. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive in Kankakee, Ill.
  • Dec. 5 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Aroma Fire Department, 307 S. Bridge St. in Aroma Park, Ill.
  • Dec. 9 from 12-4 p.m. at Court Street Ford, 558 William Latham Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Dec. 11 from 1-7 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 175 S. Main St. in Manteno, Ill.
  • Dec. 12 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Dec. 19 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Dec. 26 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Dec. 27 from 4-7 p.m. at Manteno Martin’s Ambulance Service, 386 S. Locust St. in Manteno, Ill.
  • Dec. 30 from 2-6 p.m. at Momence Fire Department, 15 N. Pine in Momence, Ill.
  • Lake County

  • Dec. 9 from 12-5 p.m. at The Feet First Podiatry Museum, 3333 Greenbay Road in North Chicago, Ill.
  • Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chicago Church of Christ North Suburban Center, 1100 W. Dundee in Buffalo Grove, Ill.
  • Will County

  • Dec. 9 from 3:30-6:30 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.