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Blood Drive on Route 66 helps save lives

7/12/2017, noon

Joliet - Blood products are being distributed to hospitals

faster than donations are coming in, and more donations are needed now to replenish the blood supply. The American Red Cross of the Illinois River Valley board of directors invites the community to give at the Blood Drive on Route 66, Wednesday, July 26, from 1 to 7 p.m. at the historic Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet, in the Esplanade and Rotunda rooms. Those who come out to give will receive a Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last, and be entered to win one of eight $10 Visa gift cards, courtesy of Suburban Propane, or one of eight $10 Meijer gift cards. Participants will also receive a special Rialto Square Theatre Show Presale Pass that allows show tickets to be purchased before available to the general public. As a Red Cross sponsor, 1340 WJOL will broadcast live from this event.

"While all blood types are needed, those with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive.

To donate blood Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: Route66 or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.