State’s Attorney Glasgow offers two $50 gift cards for blood drive drawing; cards provided in honor of top donor, Chief Investigator Jim Stewart

July 17

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announces that those who donate blood during the State’s Attorney’s Office Community Blood Drive next week will be placed in a drawing to win one of two $50 Target gift cards.

State’s Attorney Glasgow will donate the gift cards in honor of his Chief Investigator, Jim Stewart, who religiously donates blood through Heartland Blood Centers. He has donated more than 20 gallons of blood over the years.  Investigator Stewart recently underwent surgery and is unable to keep his regular donation schedule.

The Blood Drive is schedule for Wednesday, July 23 from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 121 N. Chicago St., in Joliet, directly across from the Rialto Square Theatre.  

“Jim Stewart’s dedication to making life-saving donations is a testament to his tremendous character and community spirit,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “Health complications will keep him from donating for awhile, but I encourage everyone to follow his fine example. Make it your goal to try to beat Jim’s record by scheduling regular donations starting with this Blood Drive. I hope the gift cards will provide a little extra motivation.”

Every donor next week will also receive a $5 Subway gift card in addition to their chance to win one of twoTarget cards. The drawing for the Target cards will be held at the end of the drive. 

Appointments can be made by calling Jennifer Babec at (815) 325-4282, or by visiting Heartland Blood Centers online at Walk-in donors also are welcome on the day of the blood drive. Donations take roughly 30 minutes.

State’s Attorney Glasgow hosts blood drives in downtown Joliet twice a year. The office has been partnering with Heartland Blood Centers and Jennifer Babec, a local volunteer mom, since 2012.

Jennifer’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.

“We are happy to host these July blood drives and help replenish the local blood supply during the slow summer months,” said State’s Attorney James Glasgow. “Everyone who donates is helping our community and potentially saving lives.”