(Aug. 19, 2015) — During National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply is available during emergencies of all types.
A diverse blood supply is important to ensuring the needs of all patients are met. Red blood cells carry markers that determine one’s blood type, and some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups. Because blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red Cross must maintain a diverse blood supply to meet these diverse patient needs.
Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition such as sickle cell disease, a surgical procedure or a large-scale emergency, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. The Red Cross encourages donors of all types to give blood, and those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative are especially needed.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities
9/3/2015: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 316 S. Church Street
9/8/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Willis Tower U S Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive
9/12/2015: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Third Baptist Church of Chicago, 1551 W. 95th St.
9/14/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago
9/1/2015: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave.
9/9/2015: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Moraine Valley L Building, 9000 W. College Pkwy
9/5/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Donald Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road
9/6/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Donald Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road
Du Page County
9/12/2015: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 751 Army Trail Rd.
9/11/2015: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Wheaton Police Department, 900 W. Liberty Drive
9/3/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive
9/10/2015: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 20 Heritage Drive
9/15/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Public Library, 201 E Merchant
9/2/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 255 W Second St
9/13/2015: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wildwood Presbyterian Church, 18630 West Old Gages Lake Road
9/15/2015: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington
La Salle County
9/10/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., First Congregational United Church of Christ, 255 E. Bluff
9/3/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1401 State Street
9/1/2015: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 4th Street
9/15/2015: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 4th Street
9/2/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 509 E. Broadway
9/3/2015: 1:45 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 204 S. Monroe
9/15/2015: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Teleperformance, 12 Northpoint Dr.
9/14/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 423 Wauponis Street
9/1/2015: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., United Methodist Church, 4th and Richardson Ave
9/14/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Paw Paw High School, 511 Chapman
9/8/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street
9/2/2015: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St.
9/9/2015: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Red Cross, 112 W. Second St.
9/10/2015: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Tampico United Methodist Church, 202 Lincoln Ave.
9/5/2015: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Louis Joliet Mall, 3340 Mall Loop Drive
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.
Blood donors in the Heart of America Blood Services Region can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
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.