Senoia Area Blood Drive set for Aug. 3

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From Special Reports

A blood drive is scheduled for August 3rd at the Senoia United Methodist Church from 1 to 6 p.m.

This blood drive is co-sponsored by the local church and the Senoia Optimist Club. If you are unable to give, you are encouraged to notify others who may be able to donate.

Many blood drives have been cancelled throughout the U.S. in recent months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including one at the Senoia UMC that was scheduled for May 4th . As a result, there’s currently an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give now.

Due to ongoing concerns relative to COVID-19, the following changes are anticipated for the August 3rd blood drive:
1. Donors will be asked to enter the front door of the sanctuary where they can sign-in and wait while social distancing. (Signs will point the way.) The church will use a fogger before the blood drive to sanitize the area.

2. All staff, donors and volunteers are required to wear masks and have temperature checked before admittance into the blood drive.

3. All chairs and donor beds in the Fellowship Hall will be 6 feet apart, and the staff has increased its cleaning/sanitizing of all items.

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, we will not provide the coupons associated with local area businesses. This will eliminate another “touch point” in our effort to not spread the virus. We are sorry about these changes, but
hope that you will understand our desire to take extra care during this trying time.

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 (most recent drives have been full), walk-ins will likely not be able to donate.

Effective June 15th, the Red Cross began testing all donors in their blood drives for COVID-19 antibodies. Participants will be notified 7-10 days after the donation with the results. While these tests can be very expensive from other sources, there is no charge in conjunction with the Red Cross blood drives.

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.

Pictured above: Dub Pearman, current Mayor of Senoia, is seen donating at a previous blood drive at the Senoia United Methodist Church. 

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