At this time, we require both staff and donors to wear a face covering at blood drives or donation centers. Appointments are also strongly recommended.

Northwestern Purple Pride Special Blood Drive

Show your Wildcat spirit while saving lives by donating blood during the Northwestern Purple Pride Special Blood Drive May 15-June 12 at all Chicagoland Vitalant community donation centers.  The first 100 presenting donors who mention the phrase "Go Cats" will receive a pair of tickets* to an upcoming Northwestern football game or men’s basketball game (non-conference game only).

*All tickets are subject to change/cancelation without notice based on changes in schedules.  Choice of football vs basketball tickets is at the discretion of Northwestern Sports Properties.  Tickets will be electronically sent at a date TBD. 

It only takes about an hour to donate whole blood (only 15 minutes of actual time giving the blood) and you could potentially save three lives! Giving blood with Vitalant has been and will continue to be safe. We are observing social distancing guidelines and sanitizing common areas frequently. The CDC has developed guidance for "mass gatherings," but blood centers are not considered "mass gatherings." 

Appointments are highly recommended. Schedule your appointment here or call 1.877.258.4825. Visit for more information.

Thank you for your support of patients in need and Go Cats!


Thousands of volunteers blood drive coordinators partner with us to ensure a safe blood supply is available for patients who need it. 


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