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Red Cross seeks additional blood donors this summer

Blood products are being distributed to hospitals almost as quickly as donations are coming in.

While many volunteers generously responded to the emergency call for blood donations from the American Red Cross in July, donors of all blood types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, are still needed this summer. Blood products are being distributed to hospitals almost as quickly as donations are coming in.

Blood and platelets are needed for many reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients and organ transplant recipients, as well as those receiving treatment for cancer or sickle cell disease, may depend on lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion.

The Red Cross, on behalf of the hospitals and patients it serves, appreciates all those who take the time to help save lives. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to learn more and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Cook County

  • Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roesner Park, 16053 Richmond Ave. in Markham, Ill.
  • Aug. 18 from 3-7 p.m. at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, 58 E. Oak St. in Chicago, Ill.
  • Aug. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th St. in Palos Hills, Ill.
  • Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Chicago Hines, 303 E. Wacker in Chicago, Ill.
  • Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rush University Medical Center Armour Academic Facility, 600 S. Paulina in Chicago, Ill.
  • Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hyatt Regency East Tower, 151 E. Wacker Drive in Chicago, Ill.
  • Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Willis Tower U.S. Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive in Chicago, Ill.
  • Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The HIP, 4104 N. Harlem Ave. in Norridge, Ill.
  • Aug. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Friendly Temple Church of God In Christ, 7745 S. State St. in Chicago, Ill.
  • Aug. 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Prentice Women’s Hospital, 250 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill.
  • Aug. 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Prentice Women’s Hospital, 250 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill.
  • Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Coffey Hall, 1000 W. Sheridan in Chicago, Ill.
  • Kankakee County

  • Aug. 19 from 3-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Illinois Veterans Home, 1 Veterans Drive in Manteno, Ill.
  • Aug. 22 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Aug. 26 from 2-6 p.m. at Momence Fire Department, 15 N. Pine in Momence, Ill.
  • Aug. 29 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Lake County

  • Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Coca-Cola Bottling Co., 750 Chestnut in Waukegan, Ill.
  • Aug. 16 from 12-5 p.m. at The Feet First Podiatry Museum, 3333 Greenbay Road in North Chicago, Ill.
  • Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at TVH Parts Co., 95 S. Route 83 in Grayslake, Ill.
  • Aug. 26 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Foglia YMCA of Metro Chicago, 1025 Old McHenry Road in Lake Zurich, Ill.
  • Will County

  • Aug. 20 from 1:30-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1293 Windham Parkway in Romeoville, Ill.
  • Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Church, 212 Richards St. in Joliet, 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.