Are you heading out to the Chicago Auto Show this weekend?

If you plan on visiting the Auto Show…roll on over to the Red Cross booth NH370. This year, I decided to make the trip out to McCormick Place to check out the exhibit. Honestly, I was surprised by what I found. I assumed that people just went to the Auto Show to see the newest cars and check out the concept cars, but I had no idea that the show would encompass such a family friendly, interactive environment. This year’s show has something for everyone. Earlier this week SpongeBob SquarePants was busy entertaining the children while adults lined up to try the Kia Sorento “Crossover to the Unexpected” Ride-n-Drive Experience.

The Auto Show even provides an opportunity for exhibit attendees to support the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago. The Red Cross has been on site at booth NH370, registering people for our Vehicle Donation Program and accepting Blood Donations. We are thrilled to report that we have received a steady flow of blood donors and even three vehicle donations!

You should also stop by the Chevy booth. They are displaying a Chevrolet Colorado pickup outfitted with a clear collection box within their booth, where they have been collecting donations in support of the American Red Cross – Haiti Relief Efforts. They have been collecting donations all week long and the box is almost overflowing with support from Chicagoans. It is truly inspirational to see how people have been coming together to show their support.

If you have a minute this weekend please take the opportunity to visit the Auto Show and stop by to visit the Red Cross!

For more information about the Vehicle Donation Program please visit:

Submitted by Rachael Garcia, Resource Development