During National Volunteer Month in April, the Red Cross is celebrating the volunteers who help fulfill its lifesaving mission and inviting others to join their ranks as volunteer blood donors. You can be among those making a difference by reminding the public that volunteer donors are the only source of blood for patients in need of transfusions.
The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types are needed to help accident and burn victims, patients undergoing organ transplants, those receiving cancer treatments and others who rely on blood products.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
4/9/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Oak Street Health, 7000 W. Cermak Rd
4/8/2016: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Brother Rice High School, 10001 S. Pulaski Rd
4/10/2016: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Queen of All Saints Church and School, 6230 N. Lemont
4/12/2016: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive
4/14/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Loyola University - Regis Hall, 6340 N. Winthrop Ave
4/1/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Foster-Walker Complex, 1927 Orrington Ave
4/5/2016: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave, Loyola Center for Fitness
4/3/2016: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, 4N739 Illinois Route 59
4/6/2016: 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Olivet Nazarene University, 240 E. Marseilles
4/7/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
4/14/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive
4/10/2016: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., The Adventure Church, 235 N Kinzie Ave
4/13/2016: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall
4/14/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, 3333 Greenbay Road
4/12/2016: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt
4/13/2016: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt
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 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.