GORDON — Gordon United Methodist Church will help replenish the spring blood supply and celebrate the week of St. Patrick’s Day by hosting a community blood drive Monday, March 13, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Community Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at 311 East St.
Everyone who registers to donate will receive the CBC “Kiss Me – I Donate Blood” St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.
Many donors are recovering from a challenging winter for flu and other seasonal illness. If you have missed an appointment to donate please reschedule when able. CBC specifically encourages eligible donors to help with the need for type O positive and type O negative whole blood donations and type A/B platelet and plasma donations.
Donors chose the bright green “Kiss Me – I Donate Blood” design for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt in a CBC Facebook page (facebook.com/communitybldcenter) survey and through email balloting. It features a green lipstick kiss mark and the CBC blood drop logo inside a shamrock. The special edition t-shirt is free to everyone who registers to donate at a CBC Donor Center or most CBC mobile blood drives through Saturday, March 25.
Community Blood Center is now testing blood donations for the Zika virus and is no longer deferring donors for travel to Zika endemic areas. By consenting to give blood, donors are agreeing to participate in a research study to help develop better testing systems to protect the blood supply.