Blood Drive scheduled at the Community Building

 

By Jessie Wagoner

McPHERSON—COVID-19 has caused a plethora of problems for the American Red Cross blood services division. The pandemic has led to a decrease in donations and scheduling challenges.

There is a blood drive scheduled for Thursday and Friday, July 16 and 17, in McPherson, which was scheduled to be held at the First Christian Church. However, due to space limitations, the facility wouldn’t work with the current social distancing guidelines in place. As a result, the organizers reached out to the city of McPherson for assistance.

I’ve been approached about using the Community Building for the blood drive because the facility has ample space for social distancing,” Nick McQueen, Community Building Event Coordinator advised McPherson City Commissioners.

Typically, utilizing space at the Community Building requires a rental fee, but due to the circumstances, commissioners agreed to waive any fees.

I think we need to help them out,” commissioner Larry Weins said. “They are in a bind and there is a real blood shortage right now. I say we get them in there and get it going.”

Mayor Tom Brown agreed, saying there is a desperate need for blood donors of all blood types. He encouraged not only utilizing the Community Building but encouraged any residents able to donate blood to do so.

The American Red Cross reports an urgent need for blood. Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets only five days, so they must be constantly replenished by volunteer donors.

The blood drive will be held from 12-5:30 p.m. on July 16 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 17. To schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org.