The KFVS12 Summer Blood Drive
KFVS12 and the local American Red Cross are teaming up for the annual KFVS12 Summer Blood Drive, a region-wide effort to supply the area with much-needed blood supplies. During this pandemic, blood donations are more important than ever!
All donors receive a limited edition “starve a mosquito” t-shirt courtesy of Woods Basement Systems.
The Red Cross is encouraging all donors to make an appointment. CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment online. You can also call 1-800-733-2767 to schedule by telephone. Use RAPID PASS on the day of your donation to make the process even faster!
The event takes place at 10 locations throughout the Heartland:
- Cape Girardeau - Drury Plaza Conference Center (directions)
- Sikeston - YMCA (directions)
- Poplar Bluff - American Legion Hall (directions)
- Dexter - The Lair Event Center (directions)
- Perryville - American Legion Hall (directions)
- New Madrid - American Legion Hall (directions)
- Kennett - American Legion Hall (directions)
- Carbondale - University Mall (directions)
- Marion - Veteran’s Airport, Charter Lounge (directions)
- Mt. Vernon - Roland Lewis Community Building (directions)
The specific dates and times for all locations are:
- Friday, August 20 | 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday, August 21 | 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Red Cross is currently following the guidance of the CDC, and will require all donors, volunteers and employees to wear a mask inside a blood drive location regardless of their vaccination status. The Red Cross wants to do their part to prevent the spread of the Delta variant and keep everyone associated with blood drives safe. There will be masks on hand at blood drive locations for donors who need one.
The American Red Cross and KFVS12 are encouraging all area blood donors to starve a mosquito by rolling up a sleeve this month to help overcome a severe blood shortage. The community is invited to donate blood at the annual Summer Heartland Blood Drive Friday, Aug. 20 and Saturday, Aug. 21 at several convenient locations in Missouri and Illinois in the KFVS12 viewing area.
The KFVS12 Summer Heartland Blood Drive comes as the Red Cross faces has an emergency need for blood donors of all types to ensure a stable blood supply. The Red Cross continues to distribute more blood products to hospitals across the country compared to the same time last year. For the past three months, the Red Cross has sent 12% more blood products to hospitals each day to help patients in need. Hospitals continue to see patients who previously deferred care during the COVID-19 pandemic present with more advanced disease progression, therefore requiring increased blood transfusions. All presenting blood donors will receive a special edition ‘Starve a Mosquito’ T-shirt, while supplies last.
“We truly appreciate KFVS12, their viewers and the local communities for their continued support of this blood drive,” said Chris Baker, Regional Donor Service Executive, Missouri-Arkansas and SE Illinois Blood Services Region. “Once again this blood drive comes at a time where we are critically low. While Missing Types has been a successful campaign, the summer still presents many challenges. We are so grateful to KFVS12 for their continued support, and I hope the community comes out once again to help those patients who need it most.”
Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to give now to help ensure blood is available for patients in need. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and power red cells can be donated every 112 days.
Right now, the Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise – and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. Donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to make an appointment at this drive to prevent further impact to patients.
There is no substitute for donated blood. Donors with types O, A negative and B negative blood are encouraged to make a Power Red donation at this blood drive. Power Red donors give a concentrated dose of red blood cells during a single donation, allowing them to maximize their impact.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and enter/mention sponsor code KFVS12, or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.
Health insights for donors
At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is also screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.
Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.
Blood drive safety
As of Monday, Aug. 2, all staff, volunteers and donors, vaccinated or unvaccinated, are required to wear a face mask while inside a Red Cross facility, donor center or blood drive.
Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, including social distancing. These protocols 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.