Give blood in honor of military members and veterans

All blood types are currently needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative.

Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and the American Red Cross invites eligible donors to schedule an appointment to give blood in November in honor of those who have served the country in the U.S. armed forces.

Blood donated through the Red Cross is distributed to about 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country for patients in need, including patients at many U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. All blood types are currently needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative.

Another way to support veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world is by sending a holiday card through the annual Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Between now and early December, the Red Cross will collect the cards and distribute them. Learn more at redcross.org.

Blood transfusions help save lives every day. Appointments to roll up a sleeve and donate can be made today by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Cook County

Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Hugh Parish, 7939 W. 43rd St. in Lyons, Ill.

Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Christina, 11036 S. Christiana in Chicago, Ill.

Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Temple Sholom, 3480 N. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Ill.

Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cordell Reed Student Union, 9501 S. King Drive in Chicago, Ill.

Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Damen Student Center, 6511 N. Sheridan in Chicago, Ill.

Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood, Ill.

Nov. 7 from 3-6 p.m. at American Red Cross, 544 W. Northwest Highway in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CBRE, 100 N. Riverside Plaza in Chicago, Ill.

Nov. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Loyola University Delta Sigma Phi, 1020 W. Sheridan Road in Chicago, Ill.

Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Warde Academic Center, 3700 W. 103rd St. in Chicago, Ill.

Nov. 12 from 2-7 p.m. at Lexington Health Care Center, 675 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, Ill.

Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Willis Tower U.S. Equities, 233 S. Wacker Drive in Chicago, Ill.

Nov. 15 from 12-6 p.m. at Prentice Womens Hospital, 250 E. Superior in Chicago, Ill.

DuPage County

Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gladson, 1973 Ohio St. in Lisle, Ill.

Kankakee County

Nov. 2 from 8-11 a.m. at Bourbonnais Fallen Heroes 5K, Goselin Park in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Nov. 7 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Nov. 14 from 12-6 p.m. at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, 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.