JOLIET – The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office once again will partner with Heartland Blood Centers and local mom Jennifer Babec to host a community blood drive from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5 at the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, 121 N. Chicago St., in Joliet.
Heartland’s mobile coaches will be parked in the State’s Attorney’s Office lot directly across the street from the historic Rialto Square Theatre in downtown Joliet.
Appointments 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 welcome on the day of the blood drive. Donations take roughly 30 minutes.
The State’s Attorney’s Office has been hosting blood drives with Heartland since 2012. The centralized Chicago Street location has proven to be convenient for the thousands of government and office employees who work in downtown Joliet.
“It has been gratifying over the years to see so many people take time out of their busy schedules to help others in our community,” said State’s Attorney James Glasgow. “We are happy to work with such great partners to provide blood for people in their time of need.”
Heartland is the sole provider of blood and blood products for Silver Cross Hospital and Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.
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. She currently is Heartland’s top volunteer coordinator.