''The Bachelor'' teams with Red Cross for Chicago blood drive

January 21, 2011 12:57:25 PM PST
ABC's "The Bachelor" and the American Red Cross team up to raise awareness about the importance of blood donations during National Blood Donor Month.

Former Bachelorette Jillian Harris will greet fans at Red Cross blood drive on Monday, January 24, in Chicago.

January 17, 2011 (Chicago, IL)

In conjunction with the new season of ABC's "The Bachelor," the American Red Cross and the hit romance reality series are joining forces to remind everyone about the importance of donating blood.

Several former Bachelors and Bachelorettes will be visiting select blood drives in Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia and Chicago during the month of January. The talent will be on site to thank blood donors for their generosity and to encourage individuals to donate blood through the Red Cross to help save lives.

On Monday, January 24, Jillian Harris and other former Bachelors and Bachelorettes will attend two Chicago blood drives:

  • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Loyola University Lakeshore Campus, located at Coffey Hall, McCormick Lounge, 1000 W. Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60626. Jillian will appear at this drive from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Loyola University Corboy Law Center, Kasbeer Hall, 25 East Pearson, Chicago, IL 60611. Jillian will appear at this drive from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone visiting these two blood drives who meets sweepstakes eligibility requirements will have the opportunity to win a sweepstakes package entitling the winner to two coach airline tickets to Los Angeles, hotel accommodations and two tickets to the taping of the "Women Tell All" episode of the hit series on Saturday, February 26, courtesy of "The Bachelor."

"Every two seconds a hospital patient in this country needs blood," said Jillian Harris. "I am glad the show gives us this chance to help the Red Cross teach people how important it is to donate blood. I am a proud blood donor myself and encourage others to give this lifesaving gift."

"The American Red Cross would like to thank ABC's 'The Bachelor' for helping us raise awareness about the need for regular blood donations," said Shelly Heiden, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Heart of America Blood Region. "Having Jillian and other former Bachelors and Bachelorettes on hand to greet and thank people for their blood donations is a wonderful tribute to Red Cross blood donors and the patients they may help."

"The Bachelor" airs Mondays at 8:00 pm ET. For more information about donating blood or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit us online at redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code "BACHELOR". The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.

How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About The Bachelor:
In the hit primetime reality series The Bachelor, one lucky man is offered the chance to find true love. The single and eligible Bachelor embarks on a romantic journey, getting to know a bevy of beautiful bachelorettes, gradually narrowing the field to the one woman to whom he may propose marriage in the dramatic season finale. Hosted by Chris Harrison, The Bachelor is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.

About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.