OAK LAWN, Ill. – To address the current blood shortage, state Rep. Fran Hurley, D-Chicago, is partnering with state and local leaders to host an Oak Lawn Community Blood Drive.
“Donating blood is a relatively simple but extremely valuable way to give back to the community and help save lives,” said Hurley. “While an end to the public health crisis is in view, hospitals are still experiencing an overwhelming blood shortage, so every donation helps.”
Hurley is partnering with Congresswoman Marie Newman, state Rep. Kelly Burke and Sen. Bill Cunningham to host an Oak Lawn Community Blood Drive on Saturday, July 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 9701 Brandt Ave.
According to Vitalant Blood Donation, hospitals, surgical centers and other emergency care facilities need approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells, 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma. To schedule a donation appointment, call Vitalant at 877-258-4825 or visit vitalant.org and use group code 026H. Appointments are recommended, and masks are required.
“Since many donation drives have been canceled over the last year, the need for blood and other lifesaving blood products is urgent,” continued Hurley. “Patients may need blood for a multitude of reasons including illness or traumatic injury, so I urge those who are able to consider donating blood to help save lives in our community.”
For more information, contact Hurley’s constituent service office at 773-445-8128 or RepFranHurley@gmail.com.