CHICAGO – To help address the current blood shortage during the COVID-19 outbreak, state Rep. Lindsey LaPointe, D-Chicago, is encouraging healthy residents to consider donating blood.
“Even as we practice social distancing and follow guidelines from health experts to reduce the spread of this virus, there are many ways to safely give back to our community during this crisis,” LaPointe said. “By donating blood, volunteering at a food pantry, checking-in on homebound neighbors, or making a donation to an organization in need, we can all do our part to care for our community.”
The COVID-19 crisis has created a severe shortage of blood following the widespread cancellation of scheduled blood drive events. The American Red Cross is reporting over 7,000 cancelled blood drives across the country, resulting in more than 200,000 fewer blood donations. Healthy individuals are encouraged to schedule an appointment at redcrossblood.org. Residents on the Northwest Side of Chicago can also schedule an appointment at Vitalant in Jefferson Park by calling 877-25-VITAL.
“Last week, I donated blood and found it to be a safe and simple way to give back during this difficult time,” said LaPointe. “Blood donation centers are held in controlled environments with training staff and appropriate safety measures in place to protect individuals who show up to donate. I strongly encourage anyone who is healthy and able, to make an appointment to donate blood in the days ahead.”
For more information about pending legislation or state services, please contact LaPointe’s constituent service office at 773-647-1174 or email RepLaPointe@gmail.com.