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Gillespie, Walker urge residents to give blood

Blood driveWHO: State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights), State Rep. Mark Walker (D-Arlington Heights)
WHAT: Community Blood Drive
WHEN: 3-7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020
WHERE: Heritage Park, 506 W. Victoria Ln., Arlington Heights, IL 60005

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – State Senator Ann Gillespie and State Rep. Mark Walker are partnering with Versiti Blood Center of Illinois to host a community blood drive at Heritage Park next Thursday, Aug. 6.

“We currently face a nationwide shortage of blood and platelets,” Gillespie said. “As hospitals reopen for elective surgeries, their blood supply is more vital than ever. Please help our front-line medical workers by making an appointment to give blood.”

"Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we've seen our communities step up time and again for each other,” Walker said. “This blood drive is another way to do that. I'm proud to partner with Senator Gillespie to do what we can to help alleviate the critical blood shortage we are experiencing.”

Appointments are preferred, however walk-ins can be seen if social distancing allows. Blood donors should make an appointment online at bit.ly/BloodDrive-8-6-20.

Sen. Ann Gillespie

Sen. Ann Gillespie

27th District

Years served: 2019–Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Commerce and Economic Development (Vice-Chairperson); Education; Government Accountability/Pensions; Insurance; Judiciary; Oversight Medicaid Mang. Care, Spec; Subcommittee on Civil Rights (Sub-Vice-Chairperson); Subcommittee on Firearms (Sub-Vice-Chairperson).

Biography: Lifelong resident of the Northwest suburbs. Full-time state legislator. Retired from health care industry. Bachelor's degree in history from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; law degree from DePaul University College of Law. Mother of two adult children, Kevin and Gillian. Resident of Arlington Heights since 1991.

Associated Representatives:
Thomas Morrison
Mark L. Walker