WAYNE – By appointment only blood drives are being scheduled for the next couple weeks in northeast Nebraska.
According to a release from LifeServe Blood Center, with summer in full swing so is the need for blood. Community members are being asked to book an appointment to give blood at an upcoming area blood drive.
The Coleridge Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Monday, June 15 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Coleridge Community Center at 111 S. Main Street. Also, the Hartington Community Blood Drive will = be held on June 15 between 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church located at 106 West Centre St.
On Thursday, June 18, the Randolph Community Blood Drive will last from 1 until 6 p.m. at the high school located at 207 North Pierce St. Another community blood drive will be in Wayne at the Fire Hall located at 510 Tomar Drive between 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
To help ensure the safety of blood donors and team members during this COVID-19 pandemic, LifeServe is enforcing several precautionary measures. Appointments are required and donors who do not have an appointment will not be able to give blood. Blood donors should pre-screen themselves for fever prior to appointments. Only donors with temperatures under 99.5 will be allowed to donate. Blood donors are required to wear a mask for the duration of their appointment. Donors who do not have masks will be provided with one.
Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903.
LifeServe Blood Center is a non-profit, community-based blood center that has served the needs of local hospitals and patients in their regions since 1963. As one of the 15 largest blood centers in the country, LifeServe Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood products to more than 120 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. LifeServe is committed to saving lives by providing premier services to volunteer blood donors and access to a safe, quality blood supply for hospitals and patients. A donation with LifeServe will help save your neighbor, a friend or family member or a stranger on the street.
In a June release from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross also has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage. Hospitals recently resumed surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In recent weeks, hospital demand for blood products has grown by 30%. At the same time, blood drives continue to be canceled as many businesses and community organizations remain closed. Donors are needed to make and keep scheduled appointments to help meet the current need. Healthy individuals are asked to make an appointment to donate in the weeks and months ahead by downloading the free 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.