Chance at trip to Florida + $10 Amazon.com Gift Card for coming to give blood
One in 7 patients entering a hospital will need a blood transfusion. At the same time, only about 3% of Americans give blood. The American Red Cross needs more people to make and keep appointments to give blood in February and has three great reasons to do so:
- Help prevent a blood shortage: Winter brings seasonal illness and dangerous weather, which can hurt the blood supply. When donors give now, they can help ensure blood is on hospital shelves when it’s needed.
- It’s Heart Month: During a blood donation appointment, the Red Cross checks donors’ blood pressure and pulse, which are important indicators of heart health.
- Treat yourself: All who come to give in February will get a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email, thanks to Amazon. Those who come to donate this month will also automatically be entered to win a trip for two to Clearwater Beach, Florida. Details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/heart.
Donors of all blood types – particularly type O blood donors, the most needed blood group by hospitals –are needed daily to meet demand. Protect the blood supply from dropping – book a time to give blood by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities Feb. 15-28
2/23/2023 Community Service Building 2900 North Main Street
2/15/2023 Warde Academic Center 3700 W. 103rd Street
2/15/2023 Rush University Medical Center 1620 West Harrison Street
2/15/2023 The R. Scott Falk Family Blood Donation Site Rauner Center 2200 W Harrison
2/16/2023 The R. Scott Falk Family Blood Donation Site Rauner Center 2200 W Harrison
2/16/2023 150 N Riverside Plaza 150 N. Riverside Plaza
2/16/2023 Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago 225 E. Chicago Ave.
2/17/2023 The R. Scott Falk Family Blood Donation Site Rauner Center 2200 W Harrison
2/18/2023 The R. Scott Falk Family Blood Donation Site Rauner Center 2200 W Harrison
2/19/2023 The R. Scott Falk Family Blood Donation Site Rauner Center 2200 W Harrison
2/19/2023 Lakeshore Sport and Fitness 1320 W Fullerton Ave
2/20/2023 On Tour Brewing 1725 W Hubbard St
2/20/2023 The R. Scott Falk Family Blood Donation Site Rauner Center 2200 W Harrison
2/21/2023 The R. Scott Falk Family Blood Donation Site Rauner Center 2200 W Harrison
2/22/2023 The Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr
2/22/2023 The R. Scott Falk Family Blood Donation Site Rauner Center 2200 W Harrison
2/23/2023 The R. Scott Falk Family Blood Donation Site Rauner Center 2200 W Harrison
2/23/2023 CBRE Lincoln Park 939 West North Avenue Suite 880
2/24/2023 The R. Scott Falk Family Blood Donation Site Rauner Center 2200 W Harrison
2/25/2023 The R. Scott Falk Family Blood Donation Site Rauner Center 2200 W Harrison
2/26/2023 The R. Scott Falk Family Blood Donation Site Rauner Center 2200 W Harrison
2/27/2023 Willis Tower 233 S. Wacker Drive
2/27/2023 The R. Scott Falk Family Blood Donation Site Rauner Center 2200 W Harrison
2/27/2023 Prentice Hospital – NWMH 250 E. Superior
2/28/2023 Chicago The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 822 N Clark St
2/28/2023 The R. Scott Falk Family Blood Donation Site Rauner Center 2200 W Harrison
2/28/2023 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 480 N Walkup Road
2/15/2023 Advocate Sherman Hospital 1425 N. Randall Road
2/22/2023 Takiff Center 999 Green Bay Rd
2/26/2023 Glenview Masonic Lodge 1450 Lehigh Ave
2/22/2023 American Legion Post 1941 900 South La Grange Road
2/27/2023 Village Church of Lincolnshire 201 Riverwoods Road
2/28/2023 Lincolnwood Town Center 3333 W Touhy Ave
2/24/2023 Matteson South Oak Dodge 4550 W. Lincoln Hwy
2/17/2023 Highland Baking Company 2301 Shermer Rd.
2/23/2023 Oak Point University 2122 York Road
2/21/2023 Oak Park Temple 1235 N. Harlem Ave
2/26/2023 Orland Township Activity Center 14807 S Ravinia Ave
2/22/2023 Ozinga Chapel 6601 W. College Drive
2/19/2023 River Forest West Suburban Temple Har Zion 1040 North Harlem
2/21/2023 Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott 700 National Parkway
2/28/2023 St Alexander Catholic Church 300 S. Cornell
2/24/2023 Randall Oaks Recreation Center 500 N. Randall Rd.
2/16/2023 St Matthew United Church of Christ 1420 S Gables Blvd
2/20/2023 Winnetka Community House 620 Lincoln Avenue
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) 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 RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.
Amplify your impact − volunteer!
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check-in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience.
Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for either position, visit redcross.org/volunteertoday.
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.