Coming to the Region next week … the largest one-day blood drive in the country for the American Red Cross, now with a donor site in northwest Indiana. The sixth annual ABC 7 Great Chicago Blood Drive is happening Wednesday, January 15, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at four locations including The Center for Visual and Performing Arts on Ridge Road in Munster. The other three sites are
– The Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza in Chicago, IL
– The Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road in Oak Brook, IL
– The Vernon Hills Park District, 635 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills, IL
The American Red Cross says the Great Chicago Blood Drive has been an annual event for a number of years, but this is the first year a location in Munster is included, bringing the blood drive to Indiana. Those who come to donate will receive a free ABC 7 Great Chicago Blood Drive T-shirt while supplies last.
Additional information from the American Red Cross:
The winter months can be among the most challenging times of year for the Red Cross to collect enough blood donations. Many donors are busy with holiday activities, and inclement weather can force the cancellation of blood drives. Additionally, some donors become temporarily ineligible because of seasonal illnesses.
Since the inception of The ABC 7 Great Chicago Blood Drive, area donors have provided more than 2,500 donations. Donated blood may be used to help accident victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.
There is no substitute for donated blood products. The Red Cross must collect nearly 13,000 blood donations every day for patients at about 2,500 hospitals nationwide. In 2018, the ABC7 Great Chicago Blood Drive produced the most blood products of any Red Cross single-day blood drive in Illinois.
“We are so humbled to see how the outpouring of support for our community has allowed us to grow this blood drive every year,” said Celena Roldán, regional executive of the Chicago & Northern Illinois Red Cross. “To see so many roll up a sleeve to provide lifesaving blood to the people who need it most during these critical winter months is such a meaningful gift to give this season.”
To schedule an appointment at this event, visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code: ABC7Chicago or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).