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Community Blood Drive

Tuesday, July 21 @ 2:00 pm
North Shore Center Lobby

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2pm – 6pm

Click Here to Make Your
Blood Donation Appointment Today!

Donor Requirements:
Age 17 or older, Weight of at least 110 lbs., Healthy on Drive-day

The North Shore Center and Village of Skokie ask you to help others in this time of heightened need. We are hosting a community blood drive for local hospitals organized with Versiti Blood Center of Illinois. Please see below for additional steps taken to ensure safe blood donations during COVID-19.  The Centers for Disease Control and Federal Drug Administration both report that blood donations are safe.

“Red Cross Warns of a ‘Staggering’ Drop of Blood Supplies”
New York Times (June 3)

Know the Facts About Blood Donations

  • One unit of blood can save up to three lives.
  • Appointments (registration, donation & check-out) last one hour and the blood donation draw is only about 10 minutes long.
  • Recently, many businesses and corporate headquarters have cancelled blood drives.
  • There is currently a serious national blood shortage & blood products collected only have a 42-day shelf life.
  • One in seven people entering a hospital will need blood.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Federal Drug Administration report blood donations are safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Increased safety measures detailed below like health checks, social distancing and disinfection are all being closely followed.

“It’s just completely different now. We’ve seen a lot of days where we’ve had less than a one-day supply or maybe a two-day supply…That puts us in a situation where we have to make sure there’s enough blood on the shelf. It could, potentially, look at delaying surgeries at hospitals and things along those lines. Obviously, that’s not a situation we want to be in…We’ve seen hundreds, if not thousands of blood drives canceled…” 

– Jim Watts, President, Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers. (The Center Square, June 24)

Donor Requirements

  • Health | Donor must be in good health & feel well. Fever, persistent cough, sore throat or chest congestion is disqualifying.
  • Age | At least 17 years of age. A 16-year-old donor is eligible with written approval from guardian.
  • Weight | 110 pounds or more
  • Diet | Recommended to eat something with the four hours prior to the donation
  • Donation Frequency | There must be eight (8) weeks between regular whole blood donations. Waiting period must be sixteen (16) weeks after double red cell donations & seven (7) days after platelet donation.
  • Medications | Donors taking medications may be deferred from donating due to their underlying medical condition. Check with Versiti/Heartland staff for acceptability.
  • Travel | Travel to certain parts of the world may be cause for deferral. Check with Versiti/Heartland staff for acceptability.

“Sadly, we are now in dire need of blood donations and have a critical shortage of blood drive hosts willing to open their doors to host their regular scheduled blood drives or add on additional drives due to the need. Our hospitals have quickly gone back to scheduling and rescheduling the procedures they had postponed—all of which now requires more blood than what was being used even pre-COVID.”

Amy Smith, Area Vice President, Versiti Blood Centers of Illinois (June 29)

Blood Drive Safety Measures

Donor Health & Registration

  • Staff will have temperatures taken prior to workday
  • Donor temperatures will be taken at registration
  • Donors will be asked to wash hands prior to screening
  • Donors will be asked to self-defer if:
    • They have come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19
    • They are experiencing temperature, coughing or shortness of breath


Social Distancing

  • We encourage making appointments to lessen the amount of waiting and crowding
  • To comply with health regulations, all blood drive participants must wear a face mask
  • We ensure six-foot spacing between chairs in waiting, café and donation areas. We can also use protective medical screen separators
  • If congestion occurs at registration, we text message when your appointment is ready



  • Equipment, beds, and other surfaces are cleaned after each donor finishes their donation;
  • Normal practice is frequent changing of safety gloves, especially between donors;
  • Pen bins are sanitized, so donors are only using clean pens at sign-in.

Click Here to Make Your
Blood Donation Appointment Today!

Donor Requirements:
Age 17 or older, Weight of at least 110 lbs., Healthy on Drive-day