To better serve the Orland Park and the Southwest suburbs, the American Red Cross is opening a state-of-the-art blood donation site at 15142 South La Grange Road, Orland Park, IL 60462.
Starting Monday, October 30 at 11 a.m., the donation center will begin collecting blood and platelet donations for patients, such as those battling cancer, accident victims, transplant recipients and those living with sickle cell disease. The new donation site offers a permanent location for donors to give blood and platelets locally and offers additional donation opportunities while providing lifesaving blood products to the community. The Red Cross has been taking appointments for blood donors to donate at this new location. Potential donors can make appointments at redcrossblood.org, by putting in a zip code for Orland Park (60462, 60448, 60467, 60487) or for the surrounding area.
This new location comes as the Red Cross responds to the need for blood donation accessibility to donated blood supply. Donating blood is essential to community health, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need. Each day, the Red Cross needs to collect about 12,500 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at about 2,500 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. When you roll up a sleeve to donate, you help change a life.
WHAT: Orland Park Blood Donation Center
WHERE: 15142 South La Grange Road, Orland Park, IL 60462
WHEN: 11 a.m. Monday, October 30
Monday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 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 and platelet donors can 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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