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Winter Weather Adds to Severe Blood Shortage

Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage. 

Since Dec. 1, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel due to inclement winter weather, resulting in more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations going uncollected. Since the beginning of the year, snow and icy roads forced blood drives to cancel, causing donations to go uncollected. Despite the weather, hospital patients still rely on transfusions. 

Blood donor Jim Taylor knows how it feels to have a loved one waiting for a transfusion. His son Aaron was born with a rare liver condition. In the short two months of his life, he received 115 blood products. Taylor said each transfusion gave his family more time with Aaron, so he encourages others to give. 

“When the Red Cross says there is a shortage, they are not exaggerating,” said Taylor. “I now know from experience that what they are saying is somewhere there is a father waiting on the donation that will save his son’s life. When the Red Cross asks for help, what that means is a new dad is praying for a miracle.” 

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating. 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: 

Bureau County

Spring Valley 

1/24/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., St Margaret's Hospital, 600 E. First 

 

CookCounty 

Chicago 

1/16/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago Ave. 

1/17/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Ann & Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago Ave. 

1/23/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rush University Medical Center, 1650 West Harrison Street 

1/24/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., 111 South Wacker, 111 South Wacker Drive 

1/25/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Uptown Regency, 5050 N. Sheridan Rd 

1/27/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., InterContinental Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile, 505 N. Michigan 

1/28/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Third Baptist Church of Chicago, 1551 W. 95th St. 

1/30/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Loyola University - Corboy Law Center, 25 East Pearson 

1/31/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., DePaul Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave 

2/1/2017: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Avenue 

2/13/2017: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Northwestern University School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Ave 

2/3/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hines, 300 North LaSalle 

2/8/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Kendall College, 900 North Branch 

Evanston 

1/19/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University, 2110 Sheridan Road 

1/20/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Northwestern University - Phi Kappa Psi, 2247 Sheridan Forest Park 

2/5/2017: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., St John Lutheran Church, 305 Circle Ave. 

Glenview 

2/18/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Chicago Harley-Davidson, 2929 Patriot Blvd 

Maywood 

2/16/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave, Loyola Center for Fitness 

2/2/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave, Loyola Center for Fitness 

River Forest 

1/22/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., River Forest West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 North Harlem 

Tinley Park 

2/3/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Chicago Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers Local 17, 18520 Spring Creek 

 

DeKalb County

DeKalb 

1/19/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Campus Life Building, Campus Life Building, Corner of Lucinda and Normal 

 

DuPage County 

Hinsdale 

2/4/2017: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Evangelical Covenant Church, 4th and Garfield 

Lisle 

1/16/2017: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Benedictine University- Kindlon hall, 5700 College Road 

 

Kane County 

Aurora 

1/26/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Dunham Hall, 347 S. Gladstone Avenue 

 

Kankakee County

Bourbonnais 

1/19/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 

1/26/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 

2/10/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 

2/15/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 

2/3/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive 

2/7/2017: 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., American Lutheran Church, 1560 Career Center Rd. 

2/9/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., GatheringPoint Church, 897 W. Bourbonnais Pkwy. 

Herscher 

2/17/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 225 E. Third 

Kankakee 

2/8/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall 

 

La Salle County

Earlville 

1/19/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lutheran Church, 407 East Street 

Marseilles 

2/2/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., First Congregational United Church of Christ, 255 E. Bluff 

Mendota 

1/27/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., OSF Saint Paul Medical Center, 1401 12th Street 

Oglesby 

1/19/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Illinois Valley Community College, 815 N. Orlando Smith Rd., RR1 

Ottawa 

2/16/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, 1100 E. Norris Drive 

2/16/2017: 7:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center, 1100 E. Norris Drive 

2/2/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1401 State Street 

2/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Carpenter's Local 195, 1001 Boyce Memorial Drive 

Peru 

1/17/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 4th Street 

2/6/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Illinois Valley Community Hospital Office Building, 1305 6th Street 

2/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Illinois Valley Chapter Donation Center, 1530 4th Street 

Serena 

2/3/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Serena High School, 100 Quincy 

Streator 

1/19/2017: 8:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., First Baptist Church, 204 S. Monroe 

2/16/2017: 8:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., First Baptist Church, 204 S. Monroe 

2/3/2017: 1:45 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 204 S. Monroe 

Tonica 

1/16/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 423 Wauponis Street 

 

Lake County

Gurnee 

1/29/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Members Church of God International, 3575 E. Grand Ave North Chicago 

2/6/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Rosalind Franklin University Health & Sciences, 3333 Greenbay Road Round Lake 

1/24/2017: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Rd 

 

Lee County

Amboy 

1/30/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Amboy Community Building, 280 W. Wasson Road 

Ashton 

1/23/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ashton-Franklin Center High School, 611 Western, PO Box 329 

Dixon 

1/21/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., National Guard Building, 412 W. Everett 

1/25/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Elk's Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Rd 

1/30/2017: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dixon VFW #540, 1560 Franklin Grove Road 

Paw Paw 

1/23/2017: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Paw Paw High School, 511 Chapman 

 

Ogle County

Polo 

2/10/2017: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Polo High School, 100 S. Union Ave. 

 

Putnam County 

McNabb 

1/23/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., McNabb Fire Dept., 391 N. Rt. 89 

 

Whiteside County

Fulton 

1/24/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street 

2/14/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Robert Fulton Community Center, 912 4th Street Morrison 

1/19/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 200 West Lincolnway 

Prophetstown 

2/13/2017: 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD #3, 79 Grove St. 

Rock Falls 

1/18/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. 

2/1/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. 

2/15/2017: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St. 

Sterling 

2/15/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sterling High School, 1608 4th Ave. 

2/2/2017: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road 

2/2/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road 

 

Will County

Joliet 

2/6/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt 

2/7/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt 

Naperville 

2/7/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fry Family YMCA of Metro Chicago, 2120 W. 95th Street 

 

How to help 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 in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.