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Red Cross Urges Blood Donations to Maintain Summer Blood Supply

Man donating blood

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply now and throughout the summer. 

Many summer activities, such as vacations and travel, cause frequent blood donors to be less available to give during the summer. However, hospital patients still depend on volunteer donors to receive lifesaving transfusions – the need for blood does not get a vacation. 

To encourage more people to donate around Independence Day, all those who come out to donate blood July 2-6, 2015, will receive a Red Cross embroidered hat, while supplies last. 

Eligible donors are encouraged to choose their day to make a difference. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed. 

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 

7/1/2015: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bank of America, 135 South LaSalle 

7/1/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., American Red Cross, 2200 West Harrison Street 

7/14/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Willis Tower U. S. Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive 

7/14/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago 

Maywood 

7/7/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave. 

Northlake 

7/2/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Northlake Public Library, 231 N. Wolf Road 

Oak Lawn 

7/11/2015: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Southwest Center for Healthy Joints, S.C., 9618 Southwest Hwy 

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Bureau County 

Princeton 

7/2/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 316 S. Church Street 

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Kankakee County 

Bourbonnais 

7/2/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 

7/9/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive 

Herscher 

7/13/2015: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 225 E. Third 

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La Salle County 

Ottawa 

7/1/2015: 7:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, 1100 E. Norris Drive 

7/2/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1401 State Street 

Peru 

7/7/2015: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 1530 4th Street 

Streator 

7/2/2015: 1:45 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 204 S. Monroe 

Tonica 

7/13/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 423 Wauponis Street 

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Lee County 

Dixon 

7/7/2015: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 506 West Third 

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Whiteside County 

Fulton 

7/14/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street 

Rock Falls 

7/1/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. 

7/8/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. 

7/15/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St. 

Tampico 

7/9/2015: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tampico United Methodist Church, 202 Lincoln Ave. 

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Will County 

Joliet 

7/10/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Louis Joliet Mall, 3340 Mall Loop Drive 

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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.