Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a serious blood shortage across our area and the rest of the US. That means blood donation is crucial now more than ever. WSFL stopped by the Havelock Moose Family Center on Friday, January 8th where a blood drive was taking place and took a look at what measures are underway to not only collect blood donations but do so in a safe manner during the time of the Coronavirus.
We were met by Kim Vail, who is the Governor of the Havelock Moose Family Center. He told us they’ve been holding blood drives there on a regular basis. Some of their regular activities have been put on hiatus as a result.
Upon entering, everyone has their temperature taken, then reviews the policies and procedures, and meets with a professional from the American Red Cross.
In the background you can see the machines they use to collect blood plasma, which if you’ve had COVID-19, contain antibodies that can be used to treat other COVID-19 positive people and help them recover.
So if you see one of these signs, vehicles, or any indication there’s an upcoming blood drive, take a moment an find out how you can help.
Head over to redcrossblood.org to plug in your zip code and find one near you!
Here’s a List of Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities Through Jan. 31, 2021:
1/29/2021: 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, 1007 Island Road
1/27/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sports Center, 701 N 35th Street
1/27/2021: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Life Church, 6923 Hwy 70 East
1/30/2021: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., No. 7 Township Fire Department, 1705 Old Cherry Point Road
1/28/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Cape Carteret Aquatic & Wellness Center, 300 Taylor Notion Rd
1/27/2021: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Greenville Blood Donation Center, 700 Cromwell Drive
1/27/2021: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Barnes, Ebron, Taft Community Center, 120 Park Access Road
1/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Brody School of Medicine, 600 Moye Blvd
1/29/2021: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Greenville Blood Donation Center, 700 Cromwell Drive
1/30/2021: 7:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Greenville Blood Donation Center, 700 Cromwell Drive