Red Cross Partners with Troy University for Two-Day Blood Drive

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The American Red Cross is working to address a nation-wide shortage of blood donations.

The organization is teaming with Troy University for a two-day blood drive.

Blood drive organizers say COVID-19 has caused the cancellation of hundreds of blood drives across the country

“We have lost a total of over 3000 units in our area,” American Red Cross Team Supervisor LaSaun Roberson said.

Roberson says all blood types are desperately needed right here in Alabama.

“As far as what we have on the shelves, it’s all been depleted, so we are definitely needing everybody to come out and donate,” Roberson said.

If you’re hesitant to get out due to the spread of coronavirus, Roberson said the staff is taking extra precautions to protect those who give. That includes keeping beds six feet apart.

“We’re still using universal precautions, staff are wearing their personal protective equipment. and we are making sure our donors and staff are using hand sanitizer,” Roberson said.

The blood drive is giving some like Helen Colley a chance to make a difference.

“I’ve been feeling kind of useless with being stuck at home and this is a great way to help people. I’ve always loved being able to come give blood. and I am O-negative which makes me desirable in that respect,” Colley said.

“Now is a really important time for people really need blood. So I might as well give my time and blood,” volunteer and donor Jacob McComber said.

No appointment is necessary, butt you can pre-register here to reserve a time.

The blood drive will continue Wednesday in the University’s Trojan Center Ballrooms. You can give from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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