Give Back in More Ways Than One

Blood donors and volunteers needed at the upcoming ABC-7 Great Chicago Blood Drive!

Coming up on January 12 & 13 is the ABC-7 Great Chicago Blood Drive, one of the nation’s LARGEST blood drives and you can be a part of it! The American Red Cross is looking for people to sign up to give blood. Donors will receive a limited edition ABC-7 Great Chicago Blood Drive t-shirt (while supplies last) and will be a part of helping to save lives this winter. Sign up for an appointment by clicking here.

A Red Cross phlebotomist helps a blood donor through their donation.

Can’t donate? Consider being a volunteer! With 5 locations across 2 days, there is a shift for you! Even if you have never volunteered for the Red Cross before, we need over 200 volunteers to help make this drive a success as it has been in the past.

Shift Times: 6:30am-11:00am, 10:45am-4:00pm, 3:45pm-9:00pm

January 12th

  • Navy Pier – 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

January 13th

  • Foglia YMCA – 1025 N Old McHenry Rd, Lake Zurich, IL 60047
  • Hyatt Hotel – 1800 E Golf Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173
  • Georgio’s Banquets – 8800 W 159th St, Orland Park, IL 60462

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks will be provided to all who volunteer throughout the day and each volunteer will receive a FREE t-shirt!

Two Red Cross volunteers assist at the 2021 Great Chicago Blood Drive.

Virtual training, safety protocols and Q&A sessions will be held in late December/early January.

Register here!

If you have additional questions, please email us at

American Red Cross of Illinois CEO Celena Roldan at the Field Museum in January 2021. This year’s Chicago location will be Navy Pier!

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