Covid-19 fears and restrictions the past year has created a critical need for blood. Donations are needed now to help prevent shortages. According to the American Red Cross, “Blood donations are dropping. If this continues, we could face a potential blood shortage and patients could face delays in care. They need your help, now.”
There are three locations to donate blood in the next few weeks.
|American Legion Ronald Reagan|
|15247 La Cruz
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
|Sponsor Code: Post283|
|Sunset Masonic Lodge 369|
|1720 Ocean Park Blvd
Friday, May 21, 2021
noon to 6 p.m.
|Sponsor Code: SMMasons|
|TR American Red Cross Santa Monica Chapter|
|1450 11th St
Various days and times available.
|Sponsor Code: 1TRSM|
As a special thank you, those donating by May 31 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a travel trailer camper, powered by Suburban Propane. (The winner must provide a tow vehicle with the appropriate tow capacity for use with the prize vehicle, such as a full-sized truck or SUV, in order to take delivery of the prize: a 2021 Coachmen Clipper Cadet 21 CBH.)
Those donating between May 28 and June 13 will receive a free tee shirt.
If you have received a Covid-19 vaccine, you must know the name of the manufacturer, in order to donate. Additionally, the American Red Cross is testing all blood donations for Covid-19 antibodies.
Only those feeling healthy and well should donate and appointments are strongly encouraged. (Visit: redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767). Antibody test results will be available to donors within one to two weeks.
The Red Cross, in accordance with CDC guidelines, requires donors to wear masks, even if vaccinated.
Who wants blood from someone who took the Covid shot? I certainly don’t. I hope people needing blood will have a choice to choose from tainted vs. clean blood.