Sign up now for blood drive at the Elks Lodge


Sign up online conveniently in advance, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS, to snag one of the remaining appointments for the next blood drive, Friday May 14 at the Globe Elks Lodge on Maple Street near Denny’s.

Giving blood is both safe and healthy - facemasks are required, as well as pre-arranged appointments in order to prevent crowds - allowing donors and Red Cross volunteers and staff to maintain safe physical distancing. Sign up in advance and online, and pick your choice from remaining appointment times at redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule your choice of times between 10:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Appointments are available for both regular “whole blood” and “Power Red” donations; the latter allow you to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation. Blood is drawn from one arm by a machine that separates and collects two units of red cells - then safely returns the remaining blood components, along with some saline, back to you through the same arm - and just one needle jab is required. A Power Red donation takes approximately 30 minutes longer than a whole blood donation, so plan on about 35-45 minutes in the chair; also, you’re limited to donating approximately once every four months. New donors are always welcome, and urgently needed - the American Red Cross is scrambling to make up for cancellation of 13,000 blood drives across the United States, an unprecedented loss of 400,000 donations.

Sign up online to give a pint; your donation can save up to three lives. As an added and personal bonus, your donation gets tested for the presence of antibodies to Covid-19, if you’re among many people curious to confirm whether that cold you had last year was actually the coronavirus - which the standard antibody test can confirm.

Questions about giving blood, or a Power Red donation? Read more at redcrossblood.org.

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