Published by Kirby Winn on Thursday, July 9, 2020 in News Releases
The region’s blood supply is expected to receive a much-needed boost from this weekend’s KSHE Summer Blood Drive. The annual blood drive – among the largest in the country – is scheduled for seven locations across the St. Louis region on July 10-11. Blood donors are greatly needed amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, when many organizations have been forced to cancel previously scheduled blood drives. To make an appointment to donate, call Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800) 747-5401 or sign up online at www.bloodcenter.org/KSHE.
Everyone who comes to give blood will receive the limited-edition KSHE Summer Blood Drive T-shirt (right) and automatic entry in a drawing for four-packs of tickets to Holiday World Theme Park. (One four-pack of admission passes will be awarded from each of the seven locations.)
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) is calling on blood donors to help respond to an increase in blood utilization by hospitals within its four-state service region. Following a period of reduced activity in March and April, hospitals have eased restrictions on elective surgeries and are now providing treatment options that were previously postponed. MVRBC is now responding to a corresponding increase in demand for blood components by local hospitals. To schedule an appointment for donation, call (800) 747-5401, visit www.bloodcenter.org/KSHE, or use the Blood Center’s mobile app (www.bloodcenter.org/app).
DATES AND LOCATIONS Friday, July 10 (10 a.m. until 6 p.m.) and Saturday, July 11 (9 a.m. until 3 p.m.) Full details and scheduling information at www.bloodcenter.org/KSHE.
The Regency Conference Center, O’Fallon
Godfrey Knights of Columbus Council 7804, Godfrey
James J. Eagan Center, Florissant
Pezold Banquet and Events Center - (Knights of Columbus), Cottleville
Orlando's Event Center, St. Louis
Fox C-6 School District Service Center, Arnold
Sunset Hills Community Center, Sunset Hills
The KSHE Summer Blood Drive was first held in 1984 to support the blood supply during this critical time of year. Since that time, the KSHE listening audience has become a reliable base of support for the blood supply during the summer and holiday season, with nearly 5000 listeners participating in the July and December blood drives every year.
Providing for our region’s blood supply in the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially difficult following a big holiday weekend, said Lindsay Peters, Director, Customer Relations. “Blood utilization at hospitals dropped in March and April, but needs have returned to normal levels, with many hospitals working through a backlog of elective surgery,” said Peters. “It’s up to us to meet the needs of every hospital we serve, but we can’t do it without volunteer donors stepping forward.”
To maintain a safe, hygienic environment at Donor Centers and blood drives:
- All staff and donors are now required to wear a face covering while inside Donor Centers or participating in a mobile blood drive. Paper masks will be provided for those who arrive without their own mask or facial covering.
- Donors are now required to make appointments for donation. To maintain social distancing and appropriate donor flow, walk-ins will only be accepted when an appointment slot is available.
- Only donors will be permitted inside the blood drive (please do not bring children, spouses, or friends who do not have an appointment to give blood).
- Please do not give blood if you are experiencing any symptoms of a COVID-19 infection or have in the last 14 days been within six feet of someone who has the virus or is being tested for the virus for greater than 15 minutes without use of personal protective equipment.
- Prior to donation, donors are screened for symptoms of illness (body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and hemoglobin level all are checked, and the donor completes a pre-donation Donor History Questionnaire).
- When possible, donors are asked to complete the Donor History Questionnaire online on the same day as their donation (see www.bloodcenter.org/EarlyQ)
- Staff have added space between chairs in screening areas and in the post-donation refreshment area. Between donations, staff wipe down chairs and surfaces to maintain a safe, hygienic environment.
About Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) is the exclusive provider of blood products and services to 115 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin, including more than two dozen hospitals across the St. Louis Metropolitan Region. Locally, MVRBC serves the SSM Health System (including SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital), Mercy (including Mercy Hospital Jefferson, Mercy Hospital Lincoln, Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Mercy Hospital South, and Mercy Hospital Washington), and multiple locations of the Hospital Sisters Health System. For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org and the Blood Center’s social media channels: www.facebook.com/MVRBC, www.twitter.com/willyougive, and www.youtube.com/MVRBC.