Blood drive set at Seymour church


The American Red Cross and country music star Martina McBride have joined together this holiday season to urge people to take care of one another, sharing comfort and joy with hospital patients through the gift of a blood donation.

In thanks for helping ensure patients have access to lifesaving blood, platelets and plasma during this crucial time, all who come to give now through Dec. 15 will be automatically entered for a chance to win an Outdoor Living Experience, donated by Suburban Propane. For information, visit

As the United States experiences a new surge in COVID-19 cases, the Red Cross is becoming increasingly concerned about the nation’s blood supply, including convalescent plasma. A convalescent plasma donation collects plasma from COVID-19 survivors because antibodies to the disease in their blood may help patients who are currently fighting the virus.

The American Red Cross plans to conduct a blood drive from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at First Baptist Church, 505 Community Drive, Seymour.

All blood types are needed, and each donation can help save up to three lives.

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in.

Donors can save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass online at or via the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

To schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross blood donor app, visit or call 800-733-2767.

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms.

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