Sen Murphy 2 28 23 FEB Giving Warm HeartsDES PLAINES – State Senator Laura Murphy is teaming up with Versiti and the Des Plaines Park District to host a blood drive Tuesday, Feb. 28.

“Blood transfusions are required for many life-saving operations and procedures,” said Murphy (D—Des Plaines). “When there is a short supply of blood—life-saving operations can be at risk of being 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.”

The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. at the Prairie Lake Community Center at 515 E. Thacker St. in Des Plaines.

In 2022 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.

Individuals interested in donating are encouraged to sign up at