Upcoming blood drives present chance to give back

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 5, 2020

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LAPLACE — Two upcoming blood drives in St. John the Baptist Parish present a chance for community members to give back this holiday season with the best present of all — the gift of life.

Donors will receive a choice of the following gifts — The Blood Center’s new Christmas socks and Grinch T-shirt, family blood coverage or membership to the Heart Club. Choosing the Heart Club option helps send children with cancer and chronic hematologic disorders to a non-profit summer camp known as Camp Challenge.

The first Christmas blood drive will be hosted in partnership with the St. John Department of Health and Human Services from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the St. John Community Center, located at 2900 U.S. 51 in LaPlace. The Blood Center has a goal to collect 20 donations at this drive.

Please use this link to reserve a spot in the Dec. 15 blood drive: www.tbcdonors.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/42000.

A second Christmas blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 at the St. John of Arc Catholic School Family Life Center. The school is located at 412 Fir Street in LaPlace. The Blood Center has a goal to collect 35 donations at this blood drive.

Please sign up for the Dec. 15 blood drive using the following link: www.tbcdonors.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/41668.

The Blood Center is screening all blood donations for the COVID-19 antibody free of charge.

Donors can use this link to answer 46 medical/travel questions the morning of the blood drive and save time upon reaching the blood mobile or facility: www.thebloodcenter.org/fastlane.

For more information, visit TheBloodCenter.org or call 800-86-BLOOD.