Red Cross calls on blood donors to help alleviate summer shortage

Hospital patients are counting on generous volunteer donors to step up and give now to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available all summer long.

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, as fewer donations than expected were given in the first half of summer. Every day donations come up short, less potentially lifesaving blood is available for patients in need.

Type O negative blood is universal and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to both Rh positive or negative patients. Blood products can be used for cancer patients, trauma victims, organ transplant recipients, premature babies, sickle cell disease patients and more.

Hospital patients are counting on generous volunteer donors to step up and give now to help ensure a sufficient blood supply is available all summer long. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS for more information and to make an appointment.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Cook County

  • Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 pm at Loyola University Center for Fitness, 2160 S. First Ave. in Maywood, Ill.
  • Aug. 2 from 1-6 pm at Chicago Old Town Merchants & Residents Association, 1520 N. Wells St. in Chicago, Ill.
  • Aug. 3 from 12-6 pm at UAW Local 551, 13550 S. Torrence Ave. in Chicago, Ill.
  • Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 pm at One Financial Plaza, 440 S. LaSalle in Chicago, Ill.
  • Aug. 7 from 12-4 pm at NAI Hiffman, 909 Davis St. in Evanston, Ill.
  • Aug. 7 from 12:30-6:30 pm at Main Steel, 2200 E. Pratt Blvd. in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
  • Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 pm at Lattof YMCA of Metro Chicago, 300 E. Northwest Highway in Des Plaines, Ill.
  • Aug. 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 pm at Coca-Cola Bottling Co., 7400 N. Oak Park Ave. in Niles, Ill.
  • Aug. 13 from 7 a.m. to 1 pm at Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 First Ave. in Maywood, Ill.
  • Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 pm at Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark St. in Chicago, Ill.
  • Aug. 14 from 12:30-5:30 pm at DePaul University Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield in Chicago, Ill.
  • Aug. 15 from 3-8 pm at DePaul University Ray Meyer Fitness Center, 2235 N. Sheffield in Chicago, Ill.
  • Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 pm at Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark St. in Chicago, Ill.
  • Du Page County

  • Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 pm at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service, 3190 N. Aurora Road in Aurora, Ill.
  • Aug. 15 from 1-6 pm at CarMax, 3320 Odyssey Court in Naperville, Ill.
  • Iroquois County

  • Aug. 14 from 2-7 pm at St. Pauls Lutheran School, 113 W. Woodworth in Milford, Ill.
  • Kankakee County

  • Aug. 1 from 12-6 pm at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Aug. 2 from 1:45-7 pm at Bourbonnais Fire Department, 1080 Armour Road in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Aug. 5 from 3-6:30 pm at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Aug. 7 from 4:30-7:30 pm at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1091 Stratford Drive East in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Aug. 8 from 12-6 pm at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Aug. 15 from 12-6 pm at American Red Cross Kankakee, 20 Heritage Drive in Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Will County

  • Aug. 8 from 4-8 pm at Crest Hill Christian School, 21514 W. Division St. in Lockport, 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.