LAKE ZURICH, ILL. — Local insurance agency, Brightway, The Janicki Agency, is teaming up with State Rep. Chris Bos (R-Lake Zurich), Versiti and Ela Township to host a blood drive Thursday, Dec. 16, in Lake Zurich.

“We’re thrilled to join Rep. Bos to bring the blood bank to the community and are grateful to Ela Township for hosting the event and to Versiti for bringing their resources to the community so it’s easy to donate. We still have a lot of appointments open, so if you can donate, please consider scheduling a few minutes of your day to do so. Your life-saving contribution will be truly appreciated,” said Brightway Agency Owner, Joseph Janicki.

Versiti will be accepting blood donations at the Ela Township Building located at 1155 East IL-22 in Lake Zurich Thursday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Click here to schedule an appointment through Versiti’s website. Those planning to donate should eat and drink plenty of water before donating, bring photo identification and wear a mask. Versiti provides answers to frequently asked questions on its website.

Culver's of Lake Zurich and Buffalo Creek Brewing in Long Grove will be giving a pint for a pint coupons to donors. Culver’s coupons will be for frozen custard, and Buffalo Creek Brewing’s coupons will be for a free beer.

In addition to the blood drive, Rep. Bos is collecting new items for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Those who wish to contribute may drop off or ship items directly to the Representative’s district office located at 92 East Main Street in Lake Zurich between Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Dec. 20. Donations will support children served by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lake and Cook counties.

New items needed:
Gift Cards (Walmart, Target, Kohl's or Walgreens)
Winter coats for teens (adult medium and up)
Pajamas
Undergarments
Diapers
Hats
Gloves
Socks

“It’s the season of giving, and while there are many worthy causes to give to this holiday season, I hope you’ll consider supporting our blood drive or CASA collection drive, or maybe both,” said Bos. “We are still facing a blood shortage, and your donation could save up to three lives, while a gift to our CASA collection could brighten the spirits of a local child in need this year.”

For questions or more information, visit RepBos.com or call 224-662-1176.

About Brightway Insurance
Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance distribution company with more than $875 million in annualized written premium, making it one of the largest Personal Lines agencies in the U.S.

Brightway’s focus is on producing Win, Win, Win outcomes for consumers by offering customized insurance solutions and for people wishing to sell insurance by providing business opportunities that span from single Agent to multi-unit enterprises. Regardless of the path taken, Brightway provides the support necessary to consistently outsell other insurance agents.

Brightway got its start in 2008 and has since grown to 1,200 people in 332 offices across 29 states serving customers in all 50 states.

For more information about Brightway, The Janicki Agency, visit BrightwayJanicki.com or call 847-807-3200. Learn more about franchise opportunities with Brightway at BrightwayDifference.com.

About Versiti
Versiti, a national leader in blood health innovation, was formed with the mission to improve the health of patients and enable the success of our healthcare partners nationally. We provide innovative, value-added solutions in the fields of transfusion medicine, transplantation, and blood-related diseases to meet the needs of each of our customers. The collective efforts across Versiti result in improved patient outcomes, expanded access to care, and cost efficiencies for healthcare systems nationwide. For more information, visit Versiti.org.