The American Red Cross has the following upcoming blood donation drives in Barrow County:
•2:30-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, at Bethlehem First United Methodist Church, 709 Christmas Ave.
•1-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Perry-Rainey Center, 16 College St., Auburn.
As a result of low blood donor turnout in recent months, the Red Cross is heading into the holidays with its lowest blood supply in more than a decade at this time of year, according to a news release. Blood donations are desperately needed now to meet the needs of accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease, officials said.
All those who come to give Nov. 29 through Dec.16 will automatically be entered for the chance to win a private screening for the winner and 50 of their guests of the new film “The Matrix Resurrections” as well as a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card by email, courtesy of Amazon.
Donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance, officials said. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.
To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.