State Sen. Jenny Oropeza, the author of a state resolution to recognize the nation’s loss on September 11th, 2001, is asking residents of the 28th Senate District and beyond to devote a few hours to their community by participating in local food and blood drives this month.

Each year, the senator advocates community service as a way to foster stronger bonds with families, friends and neighbors.

Donations of any size are welcome, and all blood-drive donors will receive a ticket for free admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach.

Below are a list of drop-off sites for food and where blood can be donated in The Argonaut coverage area.

Blood drive locations

Los Angeles Physician Support Services, 5767 W. Century Blvd., second floor lunch room, Westchester, Friday, September 18th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.;

Elk’s Lodge, 8025 W. Manchester Ave., Playa del Rey, Monday, September 7th from 11:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Food drive locations

Non-perishable foods can be dropped off at fire stations in the following communities through Sunday, September 13th. Drop-off times will be between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week. This event is in partnership with the Foodbank of California.

Los Angeles Fire Station,

6911 World Way West,


Marina del Rey Fire Station,

4433 Admiralty Way,

Marina del Rey;

Playa Vista Fire Station,

5451 Playa Vista Drive;

Venice Fire Station,

1930 Shell Ave.;

Westchester Fire Station,

8900 South Emerson Ave.; and

Mar Vista/Del Rey Fire

Station, 11970 Venice Blvd.,

Mar Vista.