Faith Church blood drive: New Year 2021
January 7, 2021 update:
Currently, all donation and volunteer slots for Faith's drive are filled. Please check out the Red Cross' website at redcrossblood.org for additional donation dates and locations.
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The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations. There is no known end date in this fight against coronavirus, and the Red Cross urgently needs the help of blood and platelet donors and blood drive hosts to meet the needs of patient care.
Donating blood products is essential to community health and the need for blood products is constant. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just 5 days, so they must be constantly replenished by volunteer donors.
The Red Cross follows the highest standards of safety and infection control (read more here), and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need. As hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, donors are urged to give now to ensure blood products are readily available for patients.
Give the greatest power you possess – your lifesaving blood.
We are grateful for local boy and girl Scouts who will assist with the supportive tasks at the drive. Additional volunteers are not needed for this drive; look for future blood drives for volunteer opportunities.
Free COVID-19 antibody testing for all blood donors
The American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to our donors. This testing may provide critical insight into whether donors may have possibly been exposed to this coronavirus. The Red Cross is committed to helping others in meaningful ways during this pandemic.
What is the Antibody Test? An antibody test screens for antibodies in your blood, which are formed when fighting an infection, like COVID-19. An antibody test assesses whether your immune system has responded to the infection, not if the virus is currently present. The COVID-19 antibody test is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms.
Please note the Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, including COVID-19. If you feel unwell for any reason, please postpone your donation. Individuals who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should not present to donate until they are symptom free for 14 days and feeling well and healthy.
NOTE: The Red Cross will coordinate with state health departments or federal agencies to provide requested COVID-19 antibody test results as we all work to learn more about this virus, its prevalence in our communities and how we can prevent its spread. As standard practice, the Red Cross does not reveal the identity of an individual in relation to their test result unless required by law and data are most often supplied in aggregate. Much more information available at the link below.