DES PLAINES—To address the nationwide blood shortage, State Senator Laura Murphy is holding a Blood Drive Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the Prairie Lake Community Center.

“Blood transfusions are required for many life-saving operations and procedures,” said Murphy (D—Des Plaines). “When there is a short supply of blood, less operations can be performed safely—leaving many people without the immediate medical attention they need.  I hope this drive will bolster our local blood supply to make sure those who need medical care can get treatment as quickly as possible.”

In January, the Red Cross announced they were experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. Hospitals across the country were only receiving one-quarter of the blood products they requested, severely limiting the amount and type of procedures doctors would be able to perform. With less donations on average over the summer because of schedule changes and vacation time, now is a great time to donate and work on replenishing the blood supply.

Senator Murphy’s drive will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Mountain View Rooms of the Prairie Lake Community Center, located at 515 E. Thacker St. in Des Plaines. Her office recommends filling out this form before arrival. 

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