MOLINE – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and members of her staff participated in a National Day of Service in the Quad Cities in honor of the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Cheri donated blood at the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and then joined her team to stock more than 3,800 meals for the River Bend Food Bank.
“Today is a solemn day of remembrance, where we come together as Americans to honor those we lost 19 years ago,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “It’s up to all of us to carry on the patriotic spirit of the heroes who responded in the face of tragedy and acted selflessly for others. I thank the River Bend Food Bank and Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center for having us today, and for their tireless work to serve and support our community. Illinoisans are resilient and I know we can get through these difficult times together.”
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic there has been an increase in demand for food and blood donations to provide assistance to those in need in our communities. Donation centers, like the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, have encouraged members of the community to donate in order to help make up for postponed donations and maintain a quality blood supply for other critical care that is needed. They have also implemented COVID-19 precautions like mask requirements and social distancing.
Now in her fourth term representing Illinois’ 17th Congressional District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is a leader in the fight to lower health care costs, rebuild our region’s infrastructure, help Illinoisans weather the COVID-19 pandemic and work to safely reopen, and deliver real results for hardworking families across Northwest and Central Illinois.