KFVS12 and the local American Red Cross are teaming up for the annual KFVS12 Heartland 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 blood donations will be screened for COVID-19 antibodies. This test screens for antibodies in your blood, which are formed when fighting infections like COVID-19. This specific antibody test may indicate if your immune system produced antibodies to the coronavirus, even if you had no symptoms.
The event takes place at seven locations throughout the Heartland:
- Cape Girardeau - West Park Mall in the JCPenney wing near Barnes & Noble (directions)
- Sikeston - Elks Lodge (directions)
- Poplar Bluff - First United Methodist Church (directions)
- Dexter - The Lair Event Center (directions)
- Perryville - Perry Park Center (directions)
- Carbondale - Lakeland Baptist Church (directions)
- Marion - Veteran’s Airport (directions)
The specific dates and times for all locations are:
- Thursday, January 7th | 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
- Friday, January 8th | 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday, January 9th | 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
In the Missouri-Illinois region, the Red Cross must collect nearly 800 blood products each day to keep up with demand. Red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days so they must be replenished constantly. There is no substitute.
The Red Cross must collect more than 13,000 blood donations every day meet the needs of patients at nearly 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types are needed to give now to help ensure blood is available for patients in need. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and power red cells can be donated every 112 days.
Blood collected during the KFVS12 Heartland Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. According to the Red Cross, the Heartland Blood Drive has set new standards in the entire Midwest for single event collection totals, collecting nearly 26,000 units in the 22 years of the drive.
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.
Blood donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.