The members of Lombard Lodge #1098 recently held a blood drive at First Church of Lombard, located at 220 S. Main St. The goal for the day was set at 27 units and the lodge reports that the event ended with a total of 28 units collected. In total, there were 23 donors, of which four were double red (equivalent to two units of red blood cells in one) and no deferrals! The day could have ended with a total of 34 units, but there was a power outage around 12:45 p.m. The remaining six registered donors were able to give at an event that was close by. Donations from this event will be used to fill the critically low blood centers that provide local hospitals the blood they need to save premature babies, cancer patients, trauma victims, people requiring emergency surgeries and transfusion needing recipients. The drive saved the lives of up to 84 people. The lodge thanked Versiti’s Camille Piazza and village blood drive coordinator Carol Bauer, the latter of whom has helped collect over 17,000 units. The next blood drive is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Church of Lombard. Charity is a principle virtue of Freemasonry. You can learn more about Freemasonry and the Lombard Lodge at


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