Help patients in need this summer with the Red Cross, Chicago

Blood donations tend to decline during the summer, when many regular donors are on vacation and schools are out of session. However, the need for blood is constant.

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood this summer, helping to ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need and allowing them to create their summer of stories. Below are just a few examples of patients recently helped by Red Cross blood donors:

  • A liver transplant recipient needed 50 units of red blood cells and 50 units of plasma.
  • A mother who had complications during childbirth was given 32 units of red blood cells, 10 units of platelets, 10 units of plasma and 15 units of cryoprecipitate.
  • A trauma patient required 15 units of red blood cells.
  • Blood donations tend to decline during the summer, when many regular donors are on vacation and schools are out of session. However, the need for blood is constant. All blood types are currently needed, especially O negative, which is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to any patient.

    Blood donors are encouraged to share their donation story with the Red Cross by visiting redcrossblood.org/summer. The Summer of Stories campaign is helping to raise awareness about the constant need for blood and encourage regular donations.

    Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

    Cook County

    June 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 8245 W. 111th St. in Palos Hills, Ill.

    June 18 from 3-8 p.m. at DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness Center, 2235 N. Sheffield in Chicago, Ill.

    June 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Bank of America, 135 S. LaSalle in Chicago, Ill.

    June 19 from 3-8 p.m. at DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness Center, 2235 N. Sheffield in Chicago, Ill.

    June 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Northeastern Illinois University Student Union, 5500 N. St. Louis in Chicago, Ill.

    June 21 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Behringer Harvard, 120 S. Riverside Plaza in Chicago, Ill.

    June 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bridgeview Bank, 5117 N. Clark St. in Chicago, Ill.

    June 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus in Chicago, Ill.

    June 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Prentice Women’s Hospital, 250 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill.

    June 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prentice Women’s Hospital, 250 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill.

    June 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood, Ill.

    June 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rush University Medical Center Armour Academic Facility, 600 S. Paulina in Chicago, Ill.

    June 28 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Zorch, 223 W. Erie in Chicago, Ill.

    June 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chicago Kingdom of God Life Ministries, 8220 S. Ashland in Chicago, Ill.

    June 29 from 12-5 p.m. at H-F Raquet & Fitness Club, 2920 W. 183rd St. in Homewood, Ill.

    DuPage County

    June 17 from 12-5 p.m. at EN Engineering, 28100 Torch Parkway in Warrenville, Ill.

    June 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Villa Park Masonic Lodge 1113, 26 W. Central Blvd. in Villa Park, Ill.

    Iroquois County

    June 18 from 12-6:30 p.m. at Ashkum Coliseum, 117 E. Main St. in Ashkum, Ill.

    June 19 from 2-6 p.m. at St. Martin’s Church, 108 N. Adams in Martinton, Ill.

    Kankakee County

    June 17 from 2-6 p.m. at Church of the Nazarene, 698 N. Locust St. in Manteno, Ill.

    June 17 from 3-6:30 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.

    June 20 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.

    June 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lions Hall, Parls Street in Essex, Ill.

    June 24 from 2-6 p.m. at Momence Fire Department, 15 N. Pine in Momence, Ill.

    June 27 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.

    Lake County

    June 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington in Grayslake, Ill.

    Will County

    June 25 from 1:30-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 1293 Windham Parkway in Romeoville, 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.