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Resolution for New Year to donate blood can help patients


With a new year come many resolutions to form good habits and achieve personal goals. The American Red Cross encourages those who are eligible to resolve to help patients in need through regular blood donations. 

Donated blood can give patients in need more time with loved ones. Blood can be used to treat cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and more. In fact, about every two seconds a patient in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. 

As winter continues, donations are especially needed, with many donors unable to give due to inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. Make an appointment to donate blood and partake in a lifesaving resolution by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: 

Cook County 

  • Jan. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark St. in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University, 2110 Sheridan Road in Evanston, Ill. 
  • Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at River Forest West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 N. Harlem in River Forest, Ill. 
  • Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rush University Medical Center Armour Academic Facility, 600 S. Paulina in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Jan. 24 from 12-6 p.m. at Feinberg Pavillion, 251 E. Huron in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Old St. Mary’s Church, 1500 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Temple Sholom, 3480 N. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at One Financial Plaza, 440 S. LaSalle in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Jan. 27 from 12-6 p.m. at Newberger Hillel Center, 5715 S. Woodlawn in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis in Chicago, Ill. 
  • Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Simpson Living-Learning Center, 6333 N. Winthrop in Chicago, Ill. 

 

DuPage County 

  • Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Benedictine University, 5700 College Road in Lisle, Ill. 
  • Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Demetrios Church, 893 Church Road in Elmhurst, Ill. 

 

Kankakee County 

  • Jan. 16 from 4-7 p.m. at Kankakee Public Library, 201 E. Merchant in Kankakee, Ill. 
  • Jan. 16 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • Jan. 17 from 1:45-7 p.m. at Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Road in Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • Jan. 22 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1091 Stratford Drive East in Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • Jan. 23 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall in Kankakee, Ill. 
  • Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northfield Square Mall, 1600 N. State Route 50 in Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • Jan. 30 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill. 
  • Jan. 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at SALT, 150 Industrial Drive in Kankakee, Ill. 

 

Lake County 

  • Jan. 21 from 3-7 p.m. at Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Road in Round Lake, 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.