Calling on the community to help those in need, state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, is partnering with the state Reps. Barbara Hernandez, D-Aurora, and Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, to host a blood drive in the basement of the Old Aurora Library, located at 1 E. Benton St. in Aurora, on Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
“Because of the pandemic, blood donations have fallen but the demand has not,” said Kifowit. “Donations from this blood drive will go a long way to support our local healthcare systems and our fellow citizens in need.”
The fall blood drive will take place indoors, temperature checks will be performed upon entry, masks will be required and all attendees are asked to practice social distancing. Donors must be in good health, show no symptoms of any sickness, be at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 pounds. It is recommended to eat something within four hours prior to donating blood. Donors who are taking medications may be unable to donate blood due to their underlying medical condition. Health precautions will be a priority at this drive.
“This is the second blood drive I’ve helped organized in the last six months and I can’t stress enough how important these blood donations are,” Kifowit said. “If you are healthy and willing, please come out to support hospitals and fellow citizens in need of blood donations. You could help save a life.”
To sign up for the blood drive and schedule your preferred donation time, please visit https://donate.illinois.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/5589242.