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  • Donating one unit of blood can help save the lives of at least three people.
  • The average adult has a little more than a pint of blood to every 25 pounds.
  • Only about five percent of the eligible population donates blood.
  • The entire process for donating whole blood takes only about 45 minutes.
  • More than 500 blood donations are needed daily to save patient lives.
  • More than 500 blood donations are needed daily to save patient lives.
  • Donating blood includes a mini-health exam for the donor.
  • Every 3 seconds someone needs blood.
  • You can donate blood every 56 days.
  • Blood cells are produced inside the bone marrow, at a rate of 4 to 5 billion an hour.
  • Blood donated to Heartland Blood Centers is provided to hospitals in Illinois and Indiana.
  • Type O negative is the universal donor and can give blood to any other blood type.
  • Blood makes up about eight percent of a person’s body weight.
  • Blood is needed every minute of EVERY day, summer, winter, spring and fall.
Welcome to Heartland Blood Centers!

If you are a donor, volunteer, recipient or just interested to know more about our Centers or blood donations in general, you've come to the right place. 

Heartland Blood Centers is an independent not-for- profit blood center serving 63 hospitals in a 12 county area including Kane, McHenry, DeKalb, Will, DuPage, Cook, Grundy, Kendall, Lee, Ogle and LaSalle counties in Illinois, and Lake county in Indiana. We operate under a volunteer donor system. Heartland works toward collecting more than 200,000 units of blood annually.


Heartland Blood Centers' first commitment is always to meet local blood needs.  Hosting a drive with Heartland means that 100% of blood donated is returned to the communities served by Heartland.  As part of our participation in a nationwide resource sharing program, Heartland Blood Centers stands ready to assist other parts of the country during severe blood shortages, national emergencies and increased demands by the armed services.                     


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Please consider becoming a donor today. Go to the "Donating" section to see how easy it is to help save a life.


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