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Red Cross Encourages Adding Blood Donation to Vacation To-Do Lists

Donate Blood

There are 100 days of summer and the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to choose their day to give blood and help ensure a sufficient blood supply. 

Summer is a difficult time to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. Nearly 90 percent of donors surveyed this past spring said they planned to take a vacation this summer, potentially making them less available to give. In addition, many schools that host blood drives are out of session during the summer. But the need for blood donations is constant. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. 

Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed. 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 nationwide. 

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 

Cook County 

Chicago 

6/16/2015: 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, 2235 N. Sheffield 

6/22/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rush University Medical Center, 1650 West Harrison Street 

6/23/2015: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rush University Medical Center, 1700 West Van Buren 

6/24/2015: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior 

6/25/2015: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Cook County Juvenile Court, 2245 west Ogden Ave 

6/25/2015: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior 

6/26/2015: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Doubletree by Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile, 300 E. Ohio Street 

6/28/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Christina, 11036 So Christiana 

6/30/2015: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bank of America, 135 South LaSalle 

6/30/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ziegler, 200 South Wacker, Suite 2000 

Chicago Ridge 

6/19/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Village of Chicago Ridge, 10425 Ridgeland Ave 

6/19/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Chicago Ridge Mall, 444 Chicago Ridge Mall 

Franklin Park 

6/20/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 9857 Schiller Blvd. 

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Du Page County 

Bensenville 

6/24/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Village of Bensenville, 12 S. Center Street 

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Bureau County 

Princeton 

6/26/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Metro Center, 837 Park Avenue West 

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Kane County 

North Aurora 

6/17/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Bright Oaks of Aurora, 161 South Lincolnway, Suite 302 

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Kankakee County 

Bourbonnais 

6/18/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 

6/25/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 

Manteno 

6/29/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 698 N Locust St 

Momence 

6/29/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Momence Fire Department, 15 N Pine 

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La Salle County 

Peru 

6/16/2015: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 4th Street 

6/24/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Illinois Valley Community Hospital Office Building, 1305 6th Street 

Streator 

6/18/2015: 8:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., First Baptist Church, 204 S. Monroe 

6/30/2015: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Streator High School, 202 W. Lincoln Ave 

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Lake County 

Grayslake 

6/16/2015: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington 

Gurnee 

6/21/2015: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Members Church of God International, 3575 W. Grand Ave 

Lee County 

Dixon 

6/16/2015: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, 403 E. First Street 

6/30/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sauk Valley Community College Student Government, 173 IL Route 2 

Franklin Grove 

6/16/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 107 W. Lahman 

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Whiteside County

Fulton 

6/23/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street 

Rock Falls 

6/17/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. 

6/24/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St.

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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. 

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.