JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, Heartland Blood Centers and Joliet mom Jennifer Babec are joining together to host a community blood drive from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22 at the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, 121 N. Chicago St., in Joliet.
Heartland’s mobile coaches will be located in the State’s Attorney’s Office parking lot directly across the street from the historic Rialto Square Theatre.
The State’s Attorney encourages anyone who works in or plans to visit downtown Joliet to take roughly 30 minutes to donate blood on July 22.
Appointments can be made by calling Jennifer Babec at (815) 325-4282
or by visiting Heartland Blood Centers at www.heartlandbc.org.
Walk-in donors are welcome. Every donor will receive a $5 gift card to Target.
“The State’s Attorney’s Office is proud to coordinate with Jennifer Babec and Heartland,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “Our centralized location in downtown Joliet is convenient for people who work in local offices and governments facilities. I encourage everyone to take a little time out of their schedules to make what could be a lifesaving donation.”
Jennifer Babec’s young daughter, Taylor, required 22 blood transfusions that restored her health and her spirits during her successful battle against lymphoma several years ago. Taylor’s cancer is in remission, but Jennifer continues to coordinate drives so there is an ample supply for others who need transfusions.
Heartland operates under a volunteer donor system and works toward collecting more than 172,000 units of blood annually with a commitment of meeting local blood needs. Participating in a drive with Heartland means that 100 percent of the blood donated is returned to the communities it serves. Heartland is the sole provider of blood and blood products for Silver Cross Hospital and Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.