WBNS 10TV & WNCI Blood Give-In

·Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

·Goal:265 blood donations.

·Where: Columbus Airport Marriott 1375 N. Cassady Ave. Columbus, OH 43219

·Theme: “We’re all in this together! Share your good health!”

·Donor gifts:All who come to give will get…

·Red Cross T-shirt

·Graeter’s ice cream coupon for a free ice cream cone

·Subway coupon

·Nothing Bundt Cakes coupon for a free bundtlet

·Columbus Zoo and Aquarium coupon for buy-one-get-one free entry

·Midas discount oil change coupon

·$5 Amazon.com gift card

·SCHEDULE your appointment!A usual process time on a blood donation is about an hour. You can help keep your time closer to one hour by scheduling an appointment to donate. Those with appointments will take priority and will be seen first. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to RedCrossBlood.org and use the sponsor code “Give In”.

RapidPass: Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their

Blood Donation Facts:

CURRENT NEED: Right now the Red Cross has an urgent need for all blood types. More donors are needed before Labor Day, a time when traumatic injuries often increase.

LOCAL NEED IS GREAT: The Red Cross needs about 550 volunteer donors a day just in Central Ohio to meet patient needs at 39 area hospitals. About 4 million people in the United States need blood each year – that means every two seconds, someone needs blood.

WHO GIVES BLOOD: Only 3 percent of the entire U.S. population donates blood.

SPECIAL NEED IN SUMMER: Fewer people give blood during the summer months due to summer activities.At the same time, more auto accidents occur in summer, meaning more donors are needed to help save lives.

WHO CAN DONATE: The basic qualifications to give blood are: You must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), meet height and weight requirements (minimum of 110 pounds) and be in general good health.

PANDEMIC SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: Current safety measures at all blood drives include:

·Checking temperature of staff and donors before entering a drive to make sure they are healthy.

·Providing hand sanitizer for use before the drive, as well as throughout the donation process.

·Wearing gloves and changing gloves with each donor.

·Staff, donors and all visitors wearing face masks at all times.

·Spacing beds to follow social distancing practices between blood donors.

·Wiping down donor-touched areas between each donor.

·Increasing enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment.

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