Organizations around the world, including Heartland Blood Centers, a non-profit medical organization providing transfusion medicine services to 48 Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, will recognize World Blood Donor Day on June 14 by educating the public of the tremendous need for volunteer blood donors in their community.
This year’s campaign slogan is “Give the Gift of Life: Donate Blood”. The focus is on the value of donated blood to the patient, not only in saving life, but also in helping people live longer and more productive lives.
For a list of convenient donation locations, visit www.heartlandbc.org for a Heartland center or community blood drive near you.
To be a blood donor, individuals must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with written parental permission; weigh at least 110 pounds; be symptom free of cold, flu and allergies; and be in general good health. Donors who have traveled outside the United States within the past 12 months should contact Heartland at 1-800-7TO-GIVE to determine eligibility.
All community members are encouraged to attend the following blood drives:
• CHANNAHON — June 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Channahon, 25050 W. Eames. Please call Jim at 630-951-0009 to reserve your preferred donation time or sign up online at www.heartlandbc.org. Walk-ins are welcome; appointments preferred. Please bring a photo ID and eat a good meal before donating.
• CHANNAHON — June 30 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Channahon United Methodist Church, 24751 W. Eames ( U.S. 6). Please call the church office at 815-467-5275 to reserve your preferred donation time. Please bring a photo ID and eat a good meal before donating. Walk-ins are also very welcome and the community is invited.
• COAL CITY — June 19 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Assumption Parish, 245 S. Kankakee St. Please call Bill at 815-671-7655 to sign up, or sign up online at www.heartlandbc.org. Please bring a photo ID and eat a good meal before donating.
• MORRIS — June 17 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 118 W. Jackson. Please call the church office at 815-942-0809 to reserve your preferred donation time. Walk-ins also very welcome as usual. Please bring a photo ID and eat a good meal before donating.