An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Cabela’s, 10300 Cabela Drive, Kansas City, Kansas.
As the nation experiences a new surge in COVID-19 cases, the Red Cross has become increasingly concerned about the nation’s blood supply, including convalescent plasma, according to a spokesman.
The Red Cross has distributed a record number of COVID-19 plasma products to hospitals this fall treating patients who are battling COVID-19, the spokesman stated.
As a thank-you for helping meet the need for blood donations from Nov.15 through Dec. 15, Suburban Propane is offering blood, platelet and plasma donors a chance to win an Outdoor Living Experience, powered by Propane, to enable a winner to enjoy socially distanced celebrations with family and friends this holiday season. The prize includes a propane-powered pizza oven, fire pit, outdoor heater and stipend towards propane.
Eligible individuals are urged to make an appointment to donate blood now to help patients in need. Find a donation opportunity using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The Red Cross is testing all blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies which helps provide insight to donors concerning possible prior exposure to this virus. Donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within one to two weeks through our Red Cross Blood Donor App or on the donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. As part of this effort, plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma. Each week, whole blood donors with COVID-19 antibodies are helping to contribute between 350-500 units of potentially lifesaving convalescent plasma for patients in need.
The Red Cross is not administering diagnostic tests intended to diagnose illness. As such, to protect the health and safety of staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation, according to the spokesman.
For more information, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).