Boost the Summer Blood Supply at the Donor Appreciation Summer Blood Drive

August 10, 2012

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (August 10, 2012) – The American Red Cross relies on generous volunteer donors to help ensure that blood and platelets are available for patients in need. To thank those who give the gift of life this summer, the Red Cross is hosting a Donor Appreciation Summer Blood Drive on August 17 at the Kankakee County Chapter of the American Red Cross. All presenting donors will receive a $5 Subway gift card and be entered into a raffle for a chance to win Chicago White Sox tickets or a Nook tablet.

The Donor Appreciation Summer Blood Drive comes during an important time for the Red Cross blood supply. The Red Cross is encouraged by a boost in blood donations since the organization issued an emergency appeal for blood donors on June 25. Across the country, nearly 15,000 donations have been given above expectations, but more donations are needed to ensure an adequate supply. If at least three additional people give at each blood drive through the end of August – above what the Red Cross expects to collect – there would be enough blood on the shelves to meet patient needs through the end of the summer.

“The Donor Appreciation Summer Blood Drives serves as a vital opportunity to not only win a great prize, but also help ensure blood and platelets are available for patients – no matter when or where they are needed throughout the rest of summer.” said Shelly Heiden, CEO of the American Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region.

Donor Appreciation Summer Blood Drive

Friday, August 17

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kankakee County Chapter of the American Red Cross

20 Heritage Dr., Bourbonnais

Donors of all blood types are needed, but eligible donors with blood type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative are especially encouraged to give at this time. Anyone who gave blood at the start of the summer may be eligible to donate again as summer comes to a close.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit 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 (16 with parental permission in some states), 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. 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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, please visit or join our blog at