On Sunday, October 6th, Alderman Matt O’Shea and Versiti will host a blood drive from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at St. Cajetan School, 2447 W. 112th St. To be eligible to donate blood, you must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and at least 17 years old (16 years old with signed parental consent form). In addition, do not have a cold, flu or sore throat at the time of donation. In preparation, donors should get a good night’s sleep, eat a well-balanced meal (low-fat and iron rich) at least three hours before donating and drink extra non-caffeinated fluids. After your donation, avoid strenuous physical activity, do not skip any meals and drink plenty of water to replenish yourself. On the day of your donation, please make sure to bring a valid driver’s license, passport, state ID, or birth certificate with accompanying photo ID. A student or employee ID with full name and photo are also accepted. You will also need a list of medications you are taking and list of places visited outside the United States in the past three years. To avoid a significant wait time, schedule your appointment at www.versiti.org/illinois or call 1-800-786-4483.