The Lakeside Collection: Lifesource

Established in 1987 through a merger of Mid-America Red Cross Blood Services and the Blood Center of Northern Illinois, Lifesource is a nonprofit corporation that distributes blood to approximately 60 hospitals every year.

Lifesource, Illinois’ largest blood center, receives blood from donors at 18 donor centers and supports three mobile donor centers. In addition to whole blood, the organization provides critical blood components such as plasma, platelets, and stem cells used by hospitals and various healthcare providers. Lifesource is a source of bone marrow, and it maintains the largest bone marrow donor registry in Illinois.

Companies, churches, schools, community organizations, and other entities are encouraged to host a blood drive, a simple process that involves a contact person and a team of two or more people, a room, tables and chairs, and space to park the mobile donor center. Lifesource provides online registration, advertising materials, equipment, staff, and refreshments for donors.

Through its extensive online catalog, the Lakeside Collection offers shoppers a selection of fine merchandise that, when partnered with quality customer service and reasonable prices, makes for an unforgettable shopping experience. The Lakeside Collection is dedicated to giving back to the community, and the Lifesource Blood Drive is one of its many charitable activities.


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