Senoia Area Blood Drive scheduled for February 6

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Pictured above: Brenda Wood has been a long-term donor at the blood drives held at the Senoia United Methodist Church.

From Special Reports

An urgent blood drive is scheduled for Monday, February 6 at the Senoia United Methodist Church from 1 to 5 p.m. This blood drive is co-sponsored by the local church and the Optimist Club of Senoia.   

At the previous blood drive in November, the “famous” grilled cheese sandwiches of the Senoia Optimist Club were reintroduced after being previously eliminated due to concerns regarding COVID-19. They are planning to serve the delicious sandwiches again at the upcoming blood drive in February. 

The American Red Cross has made some changes that should bring in more donors. The organization announced an eligibility change that results in allowing some people to give blood who previously could not do so. In alignment with new FDA guidelines, the American Red Cross has updated its donor eligibility for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) related to mad cow disease.

  • The Red Cross has eliminated the deferral of donors who spent time in the UK, Ireland or France from 1980 to 2001, who were previously considered to have geographic risk of possible exposure to vCJD.
  • The Red Cross has also eliminated the deferral for individuals who received a blood transfusion from certain European countries from 1980 to present.

Those who have questions about their donor record can contact the Red Cross Donor and Client Support Center at 1-866-236-3276.  

Folks are encouraged to make an appointment for the upcoming blood drive either by signing up online (http://www.redcrossblood.org/give) 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.  

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.   

These blood drives are held on the first Monday of every three months. The next one is planned for May 1, 2023. Please mark your calendar. 

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