ALEXANDRIA, VA – Over the last year, The Zebra Press has covered the blood supply shortage encountered by The American Red Cross as a result of the pandemic. Today there is a renewed and urgent call to action. The organization states in a press release that “thousands have answered the call to give, but additional donors are needed as we head into the busy holiday season. Donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors are urged to make an appointment to give now to help meet the needs of patients.”
Want to help? There is an opportunity to donate in Alexandria on Thursday, Nov. 4. The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints at 6219 Howard St. near Edison High School will host a blood drive from 9:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. An additional drive will take place on Nov. 3 in neighboring Arlington. Donors can visit Little Falls Presbyterian Church at 6025 Little Falls Rd. from 1 to 6 p.m.
Every person who donates will receive a $10 Amazon gift card and be entered to win a trip for two to Hawaii!
Make your appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Blood Drive Safety
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance.
Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.