November Blood Drives Scheduled in Six Locations

POTTSTOWN PA – Nine opportunities to help save lives during the coming Thanksgiving season, by donating blood, platelets, or plasma to the American Red Cross, have been scheduled in six western Montgomery County locations between Nov. 16 (Monday) and Nov. 28 (Saturday), according to the Red Cross blood services center.

Blood drives are planned in:

  • Pottstown, on Nov. 16 from 2-7 p.m. at the Comfort Inn, 99 Robinson St.;
  • Royersford, Nov. 16 and 17, each day from 2-7 p.m., at the Royersford United Methodist Church, 380 Church St.;
  • Harleysville, Nov. 18 and 19, each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at LCBC Church-Branch Creek, 100 S. Main St.;
  • Oaks, Nov. 23, 2-7 p.m. at Hampton Inn and Suites, 100 Cresson Blvd; Nov. 27, from 2-7 p.m. at Green Tree Church of the Brethren, 1078 Egypt Rd., and again Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Green Tree Church; and
  • Collegeville, Nov. 25, 1-6 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ, 532 E. Main St.

Healthy donors of all blood types are being urged by the Red Cross to band together to help ensure a stable blood supply for patients during the holidays. A traditional slump in blood donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s will arrive as the blood supply already faces challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Appointments to give blood, platelets, or plasma can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting its website here, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or enabling the “blood donor skill” on any Alexa Echo device.

Donors who give blood between Nov. 28 and 28 will receive an exclusive Red Cross long-sleeved T-shirt, courtesy of Suburban Propane, while supplies last.

Things blood donors should know

Donors are asked to schedule an appointment before arriving at any drive. They are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive. Additional precautions including temperature checks, social distancing, and face coverings for donors and staff have been implemented to help protect the health of all in attendance.

Be aware that 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 the coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms.

Red Cross antibody tests are helpful in identifying 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 whose antibodies may help patients actively fighting the virus.

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.

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