Senoia Area Blood Drive scheduled for Aug. 2
Pictured above: Bradley Hasty was one of the many donors at the Senoia Area Blood Drive last May.
From Special Reports
A critical blood drive is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 2 at the Senoia United Methodist Church.
The event will be from 1 to 5 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the local church and the Optimist Club of Senoia. If you are unable to give, you are encouraged to notify others who may be able to donate. Due to the severe blood shortage, donors are strongly urged to give now to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients.
Due to ongoing concerns relative to COVID-19, the following changes are in effect until further notice:
1. Donors are asked to enter the front door of the sanctuary where they can sign-in and wait while social distancing. (Signs will point the way.)
2. The Red Cross has updated its pandemic safety protocols in alignment with CDC and OSHA guidance. Fully vaccinated individuals including staff and blood donors will no longer need to wear masks or socially distance beginning May 21. Unvaccinated individuals will continue to be required to wear masks and socially distance. Valve face masks are not permitted. Face shields can be worn in addition to face masks but not as a substitute.
3. All chairs and donor beds in the Fellowship Hall will be 6 feet apart.
4. While the sealed snacks and beverages provided by the Red Cross will still be available, the local drive will not provide its “famous” grilled cheese sandwiches. Similarly, the coupons associated with local area businesses will not be available. This will eliminate another “touch point” in the effort to not spread the virus.
Donors are encouraged to make an appointment for the upcoming blood drive either by signing up online at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). NOTE: If the appointment schedule is full, walk-ins may not be able to donate.
Please note the Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, including COVID-19. If you feel unwell for any reason, please postpone your donation. Individuals who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should not attempt to donate until they are symptom free for 14 days and feeling well and healthy.
The Senoia United Methodist Church is in the historic district of Senoia and is located at 229 Bridge Street. It is at the intersection of Seavy and Bridge Streets. For those not familiar with the area, you can turn east at the downtown intersection of Main Street and Seavy Street, and go past Matt’s Smalltown Pizza and the Veranda Bed & Breakfast towards the Seavy Street City Park or State Highway 85. The church is on the right – only about 2 blocks east of Main Street.
There is a need for all blood types. You are encouraged to please schedule an appointment to donate blood today.