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.