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URBANA – To address the widespread shortage of donated blood, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is hosting community blood drives in Urbana and Danville this week.

“Hospitals have experienced a dire shortage of blood donations during the COVID-19 crisis and blood donations have been critically low,” Bennett said. “I encourage folks to help our front-line medical workers by scheduling an appointment to donate blood this week.”

The blood drives will take place Monday, Jan. 3 through Saturday, Jan. 8 at the Urbana Donor Center, located at 1408 W. University Ave. in Urbana, and the Danville Elks Donor Center, located at 300 E. Liberty Lane in Danville. Donation hours at the Urbana location can be found here, and Danville here.

Donor centers are following recommendations from local, state and federal health agencies to keep staff, volunteers and donors safe. Appointments and masks will be required, and chairs in all areas will be at least six feet apart.

Healthy and eligible candidates can schedule an appointment to donate in Urbana or Danville at https://ilsendems.co/DanvilleBloodDrive. All presenting donors will receive their choice of a long sleeve t-shirt or a $10 gift card to a location of their choice.

For more information, Bennett urges residents to contact his Champaign office at 217-355-5252. Those with questions can also visit his website, SenatorBennett.com.

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Office Info

Champaign Office:
45 E. University Suite 206
Champaign, IL 61820
P: (217) 355-5252

Danville Office:
201 N. Vermilion St. Suite 323
Danville, IL 61832
P: (217) 442-5252

Springfield Office:
311C State House
Springfield, IL 62706
P: (217) 782-2507