Celebrate Red Cross Month by Getting Invovled


During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross invites everyone to support their communities by giving blood or platelets, volunteering, taking a class or making a financial donation. Those involved enable the Red Cross to continue to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Like the emergency room of a hospital, the Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient needs around the clock. With the generous support of blood donors, the Red Cross can help ensure all patients have the blood products they need, no matter when or where.

Patients of all types regularly need transfusions. A hospital served by the Red Cross recently ordered 50 units of red blood cells and 50 units of plasma for a patient undergoing a liver transplant. Thanks to dedicated Red Cross donors, blood products were readily available for this patient and many others.

To make an appointment to donate blood or for more information about other ways to get involved with the Red Cross, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Cook County

March 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chicago Third Baptist Church of Chicago, 1551 W. 95th St. in Chicago, Ill.

March 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Chicago St. Cornelius Catholic Church and School, 5205 N. Lieb Ave. in Chicago, Ill.

March 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Presidents Plaza, 8600 W. Bryn Mawr in Chicago, Ill.

March 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dominican University Resident Life, 7900 W. Division in River Forest, Ill.

March 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marc Realty, 55 E. Jackson in Chicago, Ill.

March 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, 300/303 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill.

March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Family Video, 19105 Crawford Ave. in Flossmoor, Ill.

March 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Club House, 860 Panorama Drive in Palatine, Ill.

March 24 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul of the Cross Church Morello Parish Life Center, 320 S. Washington in Park Ridge, Ill.

March 24 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Queen of All Saints Church and School, 6230 N. Lemont in Chicago, Ill.

March 25 from 12-5:30 p.m. at John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court in Chicago, Ill.

March 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American Red Cross Chicago Chapter, 2200 W. Harrison St. in Chicago, Ill.

March 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northeastern Illinois University Student Union, 5500 N. St. Louis in Chicago, Ill.

March 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bank of America, 540 W. Madison in Chicago, Ill.

March 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bank of America, 135 S. LaSalle in Chicago, Ill.

March 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northeastern Illinois University Student Union, 5500 N. St. Louis in Chicago, Ill.

Du Page County

March 17 from 1-5 p.m. at Hinsdale United Methodist Church, 945 S. Garfield St. in Hinsdale, Ill.

March 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 751 Army Trail Road in Bartlett, Ill.

Grundy County

March 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Morris Country Club, 2615 W. Route 6 in Morris, Ill.

Iroquois County

March 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Watseka High School, 138 S. Belmont in Watseka, Ill.

March 21 from 1-6 p.m. at Christ Lutheran High School, 201 W. Lincoln in Buckley, Ill.

Kankakee County

March 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Aroma Fire Department, 307 S. Bridge St. in Aroma Park, Ill.

March 18 from 3-6:30 p.m. at Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.

March 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Herscher High School, 501 N. Main in Herscher, Ill.

March 21 from 12-6 p.m. at Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.

March 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northfield Square Mall, 1600 N. State Route 50 in Bourbonnais, Ill.

March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverside Medical Center, 350 N. Wall in Kankakee, Ill.

March 28 from 12-6 p.m. at Kankakee Blood Donation Center, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Lake County

March 19 from 3-7 p.m. at Round Lake Area Public Library, 906 Hart Road in Round Lake, Ill.

Will County

March 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at C.W. Avery Family YMCA, 15120 Wallin Drive in Plainfield, 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.