The Township of Union is seeking to help save lives amid the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to hold their semiannual blood drive in conjunction with Vitalant, a nonprofit organization and blood service provider. Vitalant is known for supplying comprehensive transfusion medicine services to over 1,000 hospitals and health care partners across 40 states.
The blood drive will take place on Sunday, Aug. 9, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parish hall of Holy Spirit Church, located at 984 Suburban Road in Union Township. The blood drive has been held semiannually by the church for more than 15 years.
According to Union News Daily, residents are told not to donate blood if they are sick. All donations will be tested for antibodies, but will not be tested for the disease itself.
All donors are required to wear a cloth-based mask or face covering. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, are required to eat a meal before donation, should bring identification, and should drink plenty of water before and after donation. In compliance with social distancing efforts, donations are by appointment only.
Appointments to donate may be made online, at vitalant.org, or by calling 877-258-4825 or 201-251-3703.