Slammers Join Striking Out Blood Shortages Blood Drive

by Kaitlyn Altmann

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Join us for our striking out blood shortages in honor of our Healthcare Heroes Blood Drive on July 1st as the Slammers partner with Versiti Blood Centers and other Chicagoland Baseball Teams to support our patients in need. The drive is a tribute to the heroism, perseverance, and passion for saving lives that healthcare workers have shown during the COVID-19 crisis. We are asking the community to pay tribute to these heroes by stepping up to the plate and donating lifesaving blood. There is no substitute to human blood donations, and our blood supply is in URGENT NEED at this time. 

Blood drive will run from 12pm-6pm on Wednesday, July 1st at the stadium in the Hall of Fame room.

To maintain a safe environment during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, face masks will be required during the blood drive. Donors are asked to bring their own masks, but Versiti will provide one for those who cannot. Social distancing guidelines will also be enforced and staff will thoroughly clean all equipment and beds.

Donations of all blood types are needed, but especially type O negative blood, which is the universal blood type given to patients in emergency situations and those undergoing surgery. Anyone 17 or older who is in good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Appointments are preferred, but walk-in donors are also welcome. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date.

About Versiti Blood Center of Illinois

Versiti Blood Center of Illinois is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Aurora, IL, that specializes in blood products and services and provides expert medical and technical support. Founded in 1943, it is the oldest blood center in Illinois and serves patients at 71 hospitals in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. It operates 12 donor centers and conducts nearly 2,200 blood drives annually at area hospitals, churches, businesses, schools and community centers. To learn more, visit