We are encouraging blood donations now and in the next 8 weeks to ensure adequate supplies during the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19).  We are working to prevent shortages locally. We are monitoring credible health agencies for updates on COVID-19 and are responding accordingly. For blood drive sponsor groups that are considering cancelling drives, please work with us on potential options to re-direct donors. There is no known risk to the safety of the nation’s blood supply except for lack of donations and there are no reports of spread of this respiratory virus, by blood transfusion. Giving blood is critical to ensure an adequate supply to meet patient needs.  Click here for more information about our response to COVID-19.

Blood donation is permitted under the Stay at Home directive in the State of Illinois.
Click here for more information from the Department of Homeland Security.

infographic showing the basics of donating blood

Double red cell donation is similar to a whole blood donation, except a special machine is used to allow you to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation while returning your plasma, platelets and white cells to you.


A double red donation takes approximately 15 minutes longer than a whole blood donation. 

Donor Informed Consent

Preferred blood types

  • A negative

  • O positive and negative

  • B negative

additional eligibility requirements

In addition to the standard donor eligibility requirements, platelet donors have additional medication considerations:



  • at least 5ft, 5in tall

  • weight at least 150lbs

  • at least 5ft, 1in tall

  • weight at least 130lbs

additional red cell apheresis procedures

For donors that would like to give more often and enjoy the apheresis donation experience, we also have  procedures that allow us to collect a single red cells along with platelets and plasma products.  This may be important if we have a patient need for other types of products from specific blood types. The Donor Center or Mobile Blood Drive staff can assist donors in determining the right type of procedure at the right time and location. 

For more information or to make an appointment, call us at 800-747-5401 or email apheresis@mvrbc.org.

Blood Inventory

Many variables can impact our inventory such as weather, holidays or tragic events. Below is an overview of our inventory levels across all blood types. Schedule an appointment today!

  • O+

    15 days

  • O-

    8 days

  • A+

    15 days

  • A-

    15 days

  • B+

    15 days

  • B-

    15 days

  • AB+

    2 days

    Critical Need

  • AB-

    3 days

    Critical Need

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