Vitalant is partnering with the Chicago Dogs to host a community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 14 at Impact Field in Rosemont in honor of World Blood Donor Day. Vitalant is also partnering with WGN-TV for a blood drive at the station’s studio at 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. the same day.
World Blood Donor Day aims to promote the importance of blood donation and highlight the lives of those who have been saved thanks to blood donations.
“Patients, their families and the hospitals in the Chicago area that Vitalant serves depend on us to deliver on our promise to provide a safe and ample blood supply,” Vitalant regional director Eva Quinley said. “We are so grateful to WGN-TV and the Chicago Dogs for partnering with us on World Blood Donor Day. The decline in blood donations is a repeating theme each summer and we need donors to give blood now to help combat the decline.”
In preparation for their World Blood Donor Day donations, donors are asked to eat well, stay hydrated and arrive with proper identification. The blood donation process takes about an hour and is safe and comfortable, Vitalant said. Donors must be at least 17 years old or 16 with parental consent.
“It’s the blood already on the shelf that helps in an emergency,” Quinley said. “That’s why it’s crucial for Vitalant to maintain a safe and ready supply at all times. It takes about 24 to 36 hours to process, test and distribute each blood donation before it is delivered to hospitals. It only takes about an hour to save up to three lives by giving blood.”
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs bloods, according to Vitalant. An estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate, but Vitalant said less than 10% do. More than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions each year in the U.S. and Canada, with 43,000 pints of donate blood used every day in the two countries.
Walk-ins are welcome at both events, but Vitalant encourages first-time and existing blood donors of all blood types to visit its website and enter group code N70 for the WGN-TV blood drive, 896B for the Chicago Dogs blood drive, or call (877) 543-3768 to schedule an appointment. All donors will receive a limited edition Vitalant tumbler. Donors attending the blood drive at Impact Field will receive a pair of tickets to a Chicago Dogs game.
WGN-TV is located at 2501 W. Bradley Place in Chicago. Impact Field is located at 9800 Balmoral Drive in Rosemont.