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 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24 at the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, 121 N. Chicago St., in Joliet.
During the blood drive, 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 welcomed on the day of the blood drive. Donations take roughly 30 minutes.
Every donor will receive a $7 gift card for Oberweis Dairy Ice Cream. In addition, delicious pulled pork sandwiches, chips and soda will be served during the drive.
“July blood drives are critically important because donations drop significantly due to vacations and school closings,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “The July drive provides an opportunity to boost the local supply so that blood is available to everyone during medical emergencies.”
Twenty-five percent of Heartland’s blood supply comes from school drives. Heartland is the sole provider of blood and blood products for Silver Cross Hospital and Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.
Jennifer Babec’s daughter, Taylor, was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2007. Taylor required more than 20 transfusions during her successful treatment, and her cancer is now in remission. Jennifer continues to give back to the community by hosting community blood drives in her daughter’s name. She is Heartland’s top volunteer coordinator.