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Red Cross makes it easy and rewarding to save lives this holiday season

$5 Gift Card, courtesy of Suburban Propane, for blood donors

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to be the lifeline for patients in need this holiday season by making an appointment to give blood. While helping to save lives is likely motivation enough, those who come out to give blood now through December 18 will also receive a $5 Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. Still need reasons to fit lifesaving blood donation into busy holiday schedules? Try these three:

  • It’s quick and easy to find a convenient blood drive. Search for drives by ZIP code and make an appointment to donate using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, online at, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
  • Donors can save time by completing a RapidPass®. The entire donation process only takes about an hour, but donors can save time with RapidPass. Pre-donation reading and health history questions can be completed online to save about 15 minutes.
  • Donors will get important health information. Donors receive a mini-health screening to help determine eligibility that includes blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin readings. First-time donors will also find out their blood type soon after donating.

As schedules fill with holiday parties, shopping and fun with friends and family, many blood donors delay giving. Unfortunately, that may lead to delays in treatments for patients relying on blood. Right now, there is a critical need for type O blood donors.

The Red Cross is thanking those who come to give with a $5 Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at Additionally, those who come to give by November 30 will receive an exclusive long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

Remaining upcoming blood donation opportunities in the immediate Chicago area include:


11/29/2019: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., American Red Cross Chicago Chapter, 2200 W. Harrison St.

12/2/2019: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 3rd District Grand Crossing, 7040 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

12/5/2019: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Regis Hall, 6340 N. Winthrop Ave.

12/8/2019: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., St. Ita Parish, 5500 N. Broadway St.

12/9/2019: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive

12/13/2019: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Doubletree by Hilton Chicago Magnificent Mile, 300 E. Ohio St.

12/17/2019: 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., CBRE, 100 N. Riverside Plaza

Other locations include Forest Park, Maywood, Palatine, Palos Heights and Schaumburg. DuPage and other Illinois counties also have locations where blood can be donated. Search for drives by ZIP code.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device 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 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 Rapid Pass or use the Blood Donor App.

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, visit or, or visit Twitter at @RedCross.

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