Join the Chicago White Sox and Red Cross Partnership

June 21, 2011

The American Red Cross Heart of America Blood Services Region and White Sox Volunteer Corps are continuing their partnership in 2011. Together, they are hosting the "Chicago White Sox and American Red Cross Blood Drives" at Children's Memorial Hospital of Chicago and RUSH University Medical Center.  White Sox Volunteer Corps, a community-focused volunteer group dedicated to community service, is working to ensure a sufficient blood supply is available for patients in need during the summer months when blood and platelet donations can drop.

All presenting donors at the "White Sox and American Red Cross Blood Drives" will be eligible to win White Sox memorabilia, and a chance to throw the first pitch during Red Cross Blood Services Day on September 13 at U.S. Cellular Field.  

"Over the summer, many of our regular donors take vacations or are busy with other summer activities," said Shelly Heiden, CEO of Heart of America Red Cross Blood Services region. "However, the need for blood remains constant, making this a great time for people who have never donated before, or who haven't donated recently, to give it a try."

All blood types are needed to help maintain a sufficient supply for patients in need. Donors with type O negative blood and other Rh negative blood types are especially encouraged to schedule appointments to help boost the supply around the holiday weekend. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, is always in high demand, because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type, especially in emergency situations.

The Red Cross recognizes the time and lifesaving gifts made by blood donors. As a thank you, all presenting donors can also accrue Red Cross Racing points by registering at Points can be accumulated to purchase Red Cross Racing themed merchandise, converted to Best Buy Reward Zone points or donated to our Service to Armed Forces program. Plus, donors, over the age of 18, who register on that website by September 14,2011 will also be entered into a national Red Cross sweepstakes with one lucky winner receiving a 2012 metallic candy red Ford Fiesta!

Be a part of the team, and let's hit a homerun out of the park for patients in need. Make your appointment to donate today and help boost the summer blood supply.

White Sox Volunteer Corps. & American Red Cross Blood Drives

Date Drive Location Name Address Times Sponsor Code
Children's Memorial Hospital 2345 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
Noon - 7pm 3308
RUSH University Medical Center 600 S Paulina
Chicago, IL 60612
9am - 3pm 3351

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

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

About the White Sox Volunteer Corps

The White Sox Volunteer Corps was created in January 2009 in response to President Barack Obama's Inauguration Day national call to service - and since that day more than 3,200 White Sox fans and community-focused individuals have enthusiastically answered the call to better their communities through community service.