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Heartland Blood Centers issues emergency appeal for blood donations

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Heartland Blood Centers (HBC) is reaching out to the community with an emergency appeal for blood donors.

Due to lower than normal donations at the start of the summer season, donations are at a critically low level heading into the Fourth of July holiday. HBC is calling on hero blood donors to donate today and help patients in need.

HBC is able to serve 71 hospitals across Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

Patients in emergency situations also tend to rise during summer and recent natural disasters and other unforeseen tragedies highlight the critical need for blood of all types, especially type O negative which can be safely given to all patients.

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment today at any of HBC’s 13permanent donor centers or at one of our community blood drives by calling 1-800-7TO-GIVE (1-800-786-4483) or going online at versiti.org/Illinois.