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The American Red Cross Blood Drive returns to Windsor on December 14, 2021, with additional dates planned in January and February.

The American Red Cross provides to the public a network of donors, volunteers, and community stakeholders. Their goal is to help fill needs during times of crisis. From disaster shelters to post-hurricane cleanup efforts, they work in communities around the world.

A core part of their mission is helping to keep American hospitals stocked with a reliable supply of live-saving blood in such times of great need. However, they cannot accomplish that goal alone. Indeed, they rely on the generosity of regular people who donate to their blood drive efforts.

Serving the needs of the rural counties that comprise the Northeastern NC chapter presents unique challenges, due to the enormous size of the region. The local chapter covers Beaufort, Bertie, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Pasquotank, Pitt, and Wilson Counties.

In a statement on their website, the Red Cross expressed their continuous need for blood drive donations:

The American Red Cross has an ongoing critical need for blood and platelet donations amidst coronavirus uncertainties.

The United States Food and Drug Administation (FDA) echoes the urgency of the need for blood drives at this time.

“We need people to start turning out in full force to give blood.”

Dr. Peter Marks, M.D., Phd.D, Director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research

What Are the Upcoming Blood Drive Dates?

  • Tuesday, December 14, 2021, from 1:30 pm to 6 pm at the Windsor Community Building | 201 S. Queen Street, Windsor, NC.
  • Monday, January 17, 2022, from 2 pm to 6 pm at Open Door Church of Bertie County | 715 US Hwy 13, Windsor, NC.
  • Monday, February 21, 2022, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Windsor Community Building (address provided above).

To donate, click this link to schedule your appointment.

What to Expect When You Donate Blood

If you are a new donor, rest assured that blood donation is a fast and easy process.

You register online and set an appointment date and time at the location that’s convenient for you. You will choose

On the day of your appointment, you can visit the website and complete your registration and health assessment using the RapidPass® link on their Red Cross website. Or you can complete that process on-site, whichever you prefer.

The technician invites you to sit back and relax while you complete your donation of about one pint. The entire process takes about thirty minutes.

What About Coronavirus?

Some people feel apprehensive about donating blood during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Red Cross assures blood donors that they take safety seriously.

Some safety protocols in place by the American Red Cross include the following:

  • Technicians wear gloves and masks, changing them frequently.
  • Sanitizing surfaces after each donation.
  • Using sterile tools during the collection process.
  • Scrubbing donors arm with aseptic scrub.
  • Mini-physicals, temperature checks, and evaluations before proceeding.
  • Handwashing and sanitizing of everyone.
  • Social distancing between donor collection beds.
  • People who receive COVID vaccines by Pjizer, Moderna, or Janssen J&J do not need to wait after donation to participate. If you are unsure what vaccine you received, check your vaccine card. Also, they request that you bring your vaccine card so they can verify which vaccine you have.

Of course, if you feel unwell on the day of your donation, you would simply cancel your time slot–safety first!

If you are unsure whether you are a candidate to donate blood, call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 at any point along the way. They strive to make the process as easy as possible.

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