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.

Through our Youth Education Programs, we provide resources to teach students about the biology of blood, the Blood Center’s role in the community and the importance of blood donation. We believe community outreach through the schools is an important part of educating the next generation of volunteer blood donors. 

Our classroom presentation materials are available for instructors to use in their classrooms or be presented by a trained youth educator. We have developed a slide show presentation, teacher’s guide and activities that include information about blood, blood components, blood type compatibility, and the donation process. We can also blood type students at your event, with parental consent.blood center employee blood typing student

We offer these materials to schools within our service region. Our objective is to use the power of education to dispel myths and fears about blood and the donation process. By doing so this encourages young people to support the Blood Center as donors when they become eligible to give blood.

To request a copy of our classroom presentation and teacher's guide, or to ask a question about using these materials, please fill out the form below. Thank you!

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