Blood drive Friday at St. John’s Lutheran


St. John’s Lutheran Church, 502 W. Chestnut St., will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Friday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Red Cross says that efforts to maintain lifesaving blood supplies has been hampered by both the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as several bouts of severe winter weather which have led to recent blood drive postponements and cancellations.

Giving blood, the Red Cross says, remains safe with a variety of protocols in place, including mask wearing and social distancing, because of the pandemic.

Additionally, the Red Cross tests all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies.

As part of that effort, the Red Cross website reports that plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions.

A list of the extensive safety precautions taken at Red Cross blood drives, as well as additional information on donor eligibility, visit its website at

To make an appointment for the blood drive at St. John’s Lutheran Church or another blood drive in the area, go


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