Hoping to alleviate both a nationwide and local blood shortage, State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) is once again partnering with Versiti to host a community blood drive on Friday, September 16th from 10a.m.- 4p.m.
“Summer, and Labor Day Weekend in particular, is taxing on our blood supplies, and donation collection services say we still have not recovered from the donor drop since the pandemic,” Rep. Mazzochi said. “Eligible donors and first time donors are encouraged to step up and schedule an appointment for next Friday.”
In light of ongoing shortages, earlier this year the Food and Drug Administration relaxed some of the regulations that prevented donors from giving, such as the ban on those who lived in the UK from 1980-1996. Donors must still be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good overall health. They are also encouraged to eat within two hours before donating and drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids.
“These continued shortages are partly related to uptick in hospital activity over the active summer months that require blood transfusions, but also the result of business offices no longer hosting frequent blood drives since employees began working from home over two years ago,” Rep. Mazzochi explained. “That’s why community blood drives are more important than ever and why I encourage anyone who hasn’t donated before to help out. It’s the quickest way to make a real difference; 1 donation can help save up to 3 lives.”
The community donation drive will take place at the Westmont Centre, located at 1 South Cass Avenue, in Westmont. Walk-ins are welcome, but to save time making an appointment is strongly preferred. Interested blood donors can make an appointment to donate here or by contacting Rep. Mazzochi’s office at (630) 852-8633.