Our Chicago: Voices of the Community town hall on blood donations during COVID pandemic hosted by Hosea Sanders

CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7, Chicago's Number One station for news, presented the first virtual town hall installment in the new year, OUR CHICAGO: Voices of the Community. ABC 7's Hosea Sanders, who has been an important voice in ABC 7's annual Great Chicago Blood Drive, now in its 7th year, moderated this hour-long event available on abc7chicago.com, Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Check back later tonight to watch the town hall on-demand.

The need for blood donations has never been more urgent, yet with the pandemic, those donations have markedly decreased. ABC 7 Chicago and the American Red Cross of Illinois join forces again to increase awareness on the critical need for blood, especially in Black and Brown communities hardest hit by the Pandemic, and where donations have been significantly lower.

Hosea Sanders and a panel of experts underscore the importance of giving blood and the expanded Chicago/suburban locations available to donors. They discuss ways the Red Cross is making sure that, by following CDC guidelines and health protocols, people who want to give blood can do so safely. Sanders addresses the concerns and challenges of giving blood this year while acknowledging the support of local institutions and companies who are stepping up to help ensure a successful life-saving drive. In addition, two blood donation recipients shared their personal and inspiring stories.

Guest panelists:

Celena Roldán, Regional Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Illinois
Megan Williams, Director of Business Enterprises, Field Museum
Blood donation recipients' Robin Newsome and Amy Belluomini

The virtual town hall was exclusively streamed live on ABC 7's Facebook Live, YouTube, ABC 7's app, and ABC 7's connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.

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