All Americans recognize we must be our best selves and look out for our neighbors while dealing with the national emergency that is COVID-19. When it comes to blood donation, two facts are crucial to remember:
- It’s just as safe as ever to donate blood.
- It’s more important than ever to have an ample blood supply available for those who need it.
With these things in mind, the Chicago Wolves and Vitalant are honored to host their first blood drive together from 2 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, at the Allstate Arena’s Skyline Room in Rosemont.
While the Wolves and Vitalant recognize that gatherings are discouraged by government officials at this time, blood drives are not considered gatherings – they are essential health care activities.
“Since the majority of blood donors today are over the age of 40,” said Vitalant regional director Eva Quinley, “this will help us to introduce the ever-present need for blood donors to the younger demographic and ensure an ample blood supply not only today, but for years to come. Blood is required not just for surgical and trauma patients but also cancer patients as they undergo chemotherapy treatments.”
Wolves mascot Skates will be at the Skyline Room to meet and greet donors. In addition, all donors will receive two ticket vouchers to a game of their choice, a limited-edition Vitalant/Chicago Wolves T-shirt, a Wolves hat and will be entered into a drawing to win an autographed Wolves jersey.
To obey social distancing guidelines, the Wolves and Vitalant are not accepting any more appointments for the March 25 blood drive. However, we recommend scheduling an appointment to donate at any of Vitalant’s 17 donation centers. To schedule your appointment, click here. It’s also easy to make an appointment by calling (877) 258-4825.
Donors must be at least 17 years old – or 16 with parental consent. The best donation preparation includes eating well, staying hydrated and arriving at the Skyline Room with proper identification. Plan on the appointment process lasting about an hour, though the donation takes just 10 minutes. It is both safe and comfortable.