Celebrate Donate Life Month by giving blood

Heartland Blood Centers encourages all healthy community members, 16 years old or older, to donate blood during Donate Life Month in April.

National Donate Life Month was established in 2003 to raise public awareness of the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation, and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation.

About 4.5 million Americans will need a blood transfusion each year, according to America’s Blood Centers.

“One of the easiest ways to celebrate National Donate Life Month is to give blood,” said Dennis Mestrich, president and CEO of Heartland Blood Centers. “When you donate blood, others will live.”

For a list of donation locations, visit www.heartlandbc.org for a Heartland center or community blood drive near you.

Blood donors receive free mini-medical exams on site, including information about their temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin level.

Blood donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with written parental permission; weigh at least 110 pounds; be symptom free of cold, flu and allergies; and be in general good health. Donors who have traveled outside the United States within the past 12 months should contact Heartland at 1-800-7TO-GIVE to determine eligibility.

Also come out for one of the following blood drives. Sign up for a specific time to donate at www.heartlandbc.org. Walk-ins usually are welcome.


9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 2 at Waubonsee Community College, 18 S. River St. ;

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at Ron Westphal Chevrolet, 1425 W. Ogden Ave.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 at St. George Citizen Club, 667 Sheridan Ave.

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 24 at Old Second National Bank, 37 S. River St.

8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at St. John AME Church, 2950 Bilter Road


8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 13 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road

8 a.m. to noon April 18 at Batavia United Methodist Church, 8 N. Batavia Ave.


2 to 6:30 p.m. April 8 at American Legion Hall, 112 Main St.


4 to 7:30 p.m. April 2 at village of Kaneville, 2s101 Harter Road


Noon to 3 p.m. April 2 at The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 3 at Lifestart Fitness Center at Central Park, 4225 Naperville Road

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 22 at Arboretum Lakes Fitness Center, 901 Warrenville Road



3 to 7 p.m. April 3 at AMC Showplace Naperville 16, 2815 Showplace Drive

3:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 7 at Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Road

7 to 11:30 a.m. April 12 at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 26 N. Ellsworth

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 at Ellsworth Elementary School, 145 North Sleight St.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22 at North Central College, 30 N. Brainard St.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at River Glen Presbyterian Church, 1140 Raymond Drive


12:30 to 3:30 p.m. April 1 at Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, 682 Route 31

2 to 5 p.m. April 8 at Fox Chase Elementary School, 260 Fox Chase Drive

2 to 6:30 p.m. April 17 at The Columbus Club, 197 E. Washington St.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 at The Garden Faire, 5 S. Madison St.

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 25 at Earthmover Credit Union, 2195 Baseline Road


2 to 6 p.m. April 3 at River View Elementary School, 2097 Bronk Road

1:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 23 at Plainfield Fire District’s administrative campus, 23748 W. 135th St.


3:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 21 at Oberweis Dairy, 1790 W. Main St.


9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 at Waubonsee Community College, Route 47 at Harter Road


7 a.m. to noon April 5 at St. Irene’s Catholic Church, 28w441 Warrenville Road

3:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 16 at Warrenville Public Library District, 28w751 Stafford Place

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 at Liberty Mutual Insurance, Warrenville, 27201 Bella Vista Parkway


11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 1 at Wheaton College, 520 E. Franklin

Noon to 4 p.m. April 4 at Cantigny, 1s151 Winfield Road, in the Medill Room

3:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 10 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 310 S. Wheaton Ave.; hot dog and chips

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 at St. Francis High School, 2130 W. Roosevelt Road


3:30 to 7 p.m. April 7 at Jefferson Jr. High School, 7200 Janes Ave.

1 to 4 p.m. April 23 at Cargill Food Distribution, 10420 Woodward Ave.; call Kurt at 630-739-1746


4 to 7 p.m. April 8 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 10104 Immanuel Road; all Linda at 630-553-1854