In partnership with Vitalant, State Representative Brad Stephens (R-Rosemont) is hosting a Halloween blood drive. In addition, donations for the Leyden Food Pantry will be collected at the event.
“It is Halloween and we want your blood. But we’re not vampires,” Stephens joked. “I’ve partnered with Vitalant to host several blood drives this year because the pandemic has forced the cancellation of hundreds across the state and as a result there’s an urgent need. One hour of your time, and a little bit of your blood, can save up to three lives.”
The drive will take place on Wednesday, October 28th from 12:30-5:30pm at the Leyden Township Building, located at 2601 Mannheim Road in Franklin Park. As a safety precaution, donations will be by appointment only and face coverings will be required. Blood donors will also be given a free COVID-19 antibody test. To make an appointment, please visit: donateblood.lifesource.org and enter group code: 007F. You can also reach out to Rep. Stephens’ office to schedule an appointment.
“I am also asking that those who come to donate, or even those who don’t want to donate, but still want to help make a difference in the community drop off much needed food and supplies for those in need,” Rep Stephens continued. “This pandemic has hit a number of folks hard and we need to help lift each other up.” In addition to the usual food items, Leyden’s pantry is in need of personal hygiene products such as deodorant and toothpaste.
Anyone with questions can contact Rep. Stephens’ office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (773) 444-0611.