American Red Cross blood drive set locally

The American Red Cross plans to conduct a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. March 16 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 605 S. Walnut St., Seymour.

A year ago, many things in the world paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the need for blood never stopped. Today, blood donations are just as essential.

More donors, especially those with type O blood, are needed now to ensure patients have lifesaving blood products available for emergencies and everyday medical treatments.

Schedule a donation appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 800-733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

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.

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 the coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms.

Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at a blood drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.