Donors needed to help augment blood supply especially during coronavirus situation
When the governor’s executive order was issued to close businesses and organizations to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), many area blood drives were cancelled. As a result, the Naperville Park District offered to step in and host several donation opportunities at its Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center (ARRCC) in March, April and May. The District was able to provide available times while maintaining a safe social distance for the donors.
Again partnering with Versiti Blood Center of Illinois, the Park District is hosting more donation opportunities in May and one in June at Community Hall, located on the upper level of the ARRCC at 305 W. Jackson Avenue in Naperville. The dates and times are as follows:
- Thursday, May 14, 3:00–7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, May 16, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
- Thursday, May 21, 3:00–7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, May 28, 3:00–7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, June 20, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Giving blood is especially important during times of crisis, and the coronavirus situation is no exception.
According to Sarah Horne from Versiti Blood Center, prospective donors should make an appointment to ensure that social distancing guidelines can be followed. Appointments may be made in one of three ways: call 800-7TO-GIVE, visit www.versiti.org/IL or via the Versiti Donor app.
Additionally, prospective donors are asked to visit www.versiti.org/home/coronavirus-information to learn about the steps that Versiti staff are taking to keep donors and staff safe and healthy during the blood donation process.