Red Cross calls for healthy blood donors following severe weather in the midst of the Pandemic

Feb 22, 2021 at 07:00 am by WGNS


Following record-breaking cold and winter storms that forced the cancellation of more than 10,000 blood and platelet donations in parts of the U.S. in February, the American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give now to ensure blood products are available for patient emergencies when help cannot wait.

Everyday thousands of patients rely on lifesaving blood donations. The need for blood is constant, even during ice and snowstorms and the COVID-19 pandemic. To help ensure lifesaving patient care is not impacted, individuals are urged to make appointments to donate in the coming days and weeks by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Tina Rocco knows firsthand how important it is to have blood on hospital shelves. After welcoming baby Gemma by cesarean section, she began hemorrhaging badly and was rushed back into the operating room. “I was later told it was several pints of blood and an amazing doctor that saved my life,” Rocco said. “That allowed me to hold my first daughter and go home all together as a family of three.”

Before that day, Rocco had not known anyone who needed blood transfusions. Now, this grateful mother says, “You truly never know when you, or someone you love, might need it.”

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Feb. 22-March 15

La Vergne

3/15/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Miracle Baptist Church, 205 Easy Street

Murfreesboro

2/21/2021: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.

2/22/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., New Vision Baptist Church, 1750 N. Thompson Lane

2/22/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.

2/23/2021: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Central Magnet School, 701 E. Main St.

2/23/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.
2/25/2021: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.

2/25/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., World Outreach Church, 1921 New Salem Highway

2/26/2021: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.
2/27/2021: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.
2/28/2021: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.

3/1/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lowes Murfreesboro, 1825 Old Fort Parkway
3/1/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.
3/2/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.
3/4/2021: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.

3/4/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., World Outreach Church, 1921 New Salem Highway

3/4/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., River Oaks Community Church, 210 Rucker Ln

3/5/2021: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.
3/6/2021: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.
3/7/2021: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.

3/8/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., New Vision Baptist Church, 1750 N. Thompson Lane

3/8/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., North Boulevard Church of Christ, 1112 North Rutherford Boulevard

3/8/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.
3/9/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.

3/9/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., World Outreach Church, 1921 New Salem Highway

3/11/2021: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.
3/12/2021: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.
3/13/2021: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.
3/14/2021: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.

3/15/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., New Vision Baptist Church, 1750 N. Thompson Lane

3/15/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Murfreesboro Blood Donation Center, 501 Memorial Blvd.

Rockvale

2/24/2021: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rockvale High School, 6545 Highway 99

3/3/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Rockvale Meadows HOA, 2225 Salem Woods Drive

Smyrna

2/26/2021: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Gold's Gym Smyrna, 567 S.Lowry St.

3/4/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 300 Sam Hagar Street

3/5/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., North Rutherford YMCA, 2001 Motlow College Blvd.

3/8/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lowes Smyrna, 410 Genie Lane

3/8/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 349 Chaney Road

Important COVID-19 information for donors

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet, and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus. Plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for high levels of COVID-19 antibodies may be used to help COVID-19 patients. 

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.