CHICAGO – Nov. 20, 2019 – Versiti Blood Center of Illinois and the Chicago Bears are calling on members of the community to help save lives at this year’s Thanksgiving Blood Drive. In order to accommodate donors, there will be two separate drive locations Wednesday, Nov.7 from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.
- Rauner Family YMCA -- 2700 S. Western Ave.
- The Kroc Center -- 1250 W. 119th St.
In special thanks for their generosity, donors will receive a free Chicago Bears hat and a $10 e-gift card. For more information, please visit versiti.org/bears. To view a PSA featuring defensive tackle Nick Williams, please click here.
“As we enter a time of Thanksgiving and gratitude for family friends, and the good health from which many of us benefit, there is no better gesture of thanks than to donate blood,” said Amy Smith, area vice president, Versiti Blood Center of Illinois. “The holidays become an especially difficult time for donations, so we hope the season will inspire a commitment to donate to help patients in need.”
In addition, the winter months often see a decline in blood donations because of family plans and travel during the holiday season. As the blood products supplier to 71 hospitals in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, Versiti blood Center of Illinois and the Bears are calling on fans and the community to donate and ensure blood is available for patients in Chicago and beyond.
All blood types are needed, especially type O negative which is the universal blood type that can be safely given to patients in emergency situations and those undergoing surgery. Donors can schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-7TO-GIVE (1-800-786-4483) or by visiting versiti.org/Illinois.
About Versiti Blood Center of Illinois
Versiti Blood Center of Illinois is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Aurora, Ill., that specializes in blood products and services and provides expert medical and technical support. Founded in 1943, it is the oldest blood center in Illinois and serves patients at 71 hospitals in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. It operates 12 donor centers and conducts nearly 2,200 blood drives annually at area hospitals, churches, businesses, schools and community centers. To learn more, visit versiti.org.