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Give Blood During Trauma Awareness Month

During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and help ensure a sufficient supply for patient emergencies. 

Dennis Weidner knows how critical blood products are in trauma situations. In 1996, part of his left leg was amputated following a farming accident. “Through the surgeries, I received 13 units of blood,” he said. Weidner now gives blood as often as he can. 

Donors of all blood types are needed this May. Every day, the Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of trauma patients and others with serious medical conditions. 

Schedule your appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can then also visit to enter to win one of two grand prize packages for four to Knott’s Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point in Ohio. 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities 

Cook County 


5/16/2016: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Newberger Hillel Center, 5715 South Woodlawn 

5/17/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., CBRE, Boeing Building, 100 North Riverside Plaza, Office of the Building 

5/23/2016: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rush University Medical Center, 1650 West Harrison Street 

5/25/2016: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Avenue 

5/26/2016: 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., DePaul University Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield 

Rolling Meadows 

5/18/2016: 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Central Road School, 3800 West Central Road 


5/21/2016: 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Kenilworth Union Church, 211 Kenilworth Ave 


Kankakee County 


5/16/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Momence Fire Department, 15 N Pine 


5/19/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 

5/20/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Rd. 

5/26/2016: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 


Lake County 


5/22/2016: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Members Church of God International, 3575 E. Grand Ave 

Round Lake 

5/24/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Rd 


DuPage County 


5/28/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola Road 

How to donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit 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 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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.