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Blood Drive Friday to Boost Local Supplies

The mother of a girl who underwent more than 20 transfusions while battling cancer has teamed with State's Attorney James Glasgow to organize Friday's blood drive.

James Glasgow is again partnering with Heartland Blood Centers and local mom Jennifer Babec to host a community blood drive from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Friday July 13 at the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, 121 N. Chicago St. in Joliet.

The State’s Attorney’s Office is across the street from the historic in downtown Joliet.

State’s Attorney Glasgow and Joliet resident Jennifer Babec——are working together to bring three of Heartland Blood Center’s mobile coaches to the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office on Friday. Jennifer is Heartland’s top volunteer coordinator.

The State’s Attorney’s Office will have some fun to encourage donations:

  • Country Station 98.3 WCCQ’s Carol McGowan will host a live morning broadcast at the State’s Attorney’s Office.
  • Heartland volunteers will serve pulled pork sandwiches courtesy of Baby Back Blues BBQ of Plainfield. Come hungry … they’ll start serving sandwiches first thing in the morning.  We’ll have donuts and coffee too for those who prefer more traditional breakfast fare.
  • Every donor will receive a gift card for a free quart of Oberweis Dairy Ice Cream.
  • And Heartland will raffle a deluxe barbecue set to one lucky donor.

Blood donations drop signficantly during summer months due to vacations and summer closings of local high schools and colleges. Twenty five percent of Heartland’s blood supply comes from school drives. The July 13 drive will be an opportunity to boost the local supply. Heartland is the sole provider of blood and blood products for Silver Cross Hospital and Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center.

State’s Attorney Glasgow is encouraging anyone who works in or plans to visit downtown Joliet to take roughly 30 minutes to donate blood on July 13.

Appointments guarantee you will move quickly through the process and can be made by calling Jennifer Babec at (815) 325-4282, or by visiting Heartland Blood Centers online at www.heartlandbc.org. Walk-in donors also will be welcomed.

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