'It's almost unimaginable:' Blood donors needed to avoid delays in patient care
In Detroit Lakes, a Red Cross blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Grace Lutheran Church, 216 Roosevelt Ave.
The American Red Cross blood supply is at historically low levels and it continues to decline. If more donors don’t come out to give, hospitals may be forced to delay care to patients relying on blood transfusion. It’s almost unimaginable.
In thanks, all who come to give through Jan. 2 will receive an exclusive Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.
In Detroit Lakes, a Red Cross blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Grace Lutheran Church, 216 Roosevelt Ave. Appointments for this blood drive can be scheduled online, by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visiting RedCrossBlood.org . Donors can also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to sign up.
All donors will be tested for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies in their blood, and those who test positive will be notified of the results.
Pandemic restrictions will be enforced throughout the event: Temperature checks will be held before people can enter the church, and appointments will be staggered so that everybody doesn't show up at the same time. People should wear medical masks if possible and social distancing will be maintained as much as possible.
Those who come to give in January will automatically be entered for a chance to win a getaway to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles and will also be automatically entered to win a home theater package and a $500 e-gift card. Terms apply; visit RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl for more information.