A great way to get into the season of giving is to donate life-saving blood. If you missed this week’s Quincy community blood drive, you can still help by donating through the Greenville community blood drive conducted by the Vitalant Blood Bank (formerly United Blood Services) of Reno this next Monday, Dec. 7 between noon and 5:30 p.m. The Greenville drive will be held in the Town Hall (121 Bidwell) behind the fire department.
Even though Plumas County is in the state’s health department purple tier, the blood drive is considered as “essential integral components of the emergency support function” and is an important element of public health and safety so is not part of the stay-at-home mandate.
Blood drives have the highest standards of safety and infection control. The process of donating is safe and donors need not hesitate to give, according to FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor.
“We are allowed to conduct this blood drive, but with stringent COVID protocols,” reported local site coordinator Sherilyn Schwartz. “Donors must wear masks, social distancing will be maintained, surfaces will be sanitized by the Vitalant staff throughout the drive.” Appointments are especially important to assist with social distancing. “Walk-in” appointments are discouraged, so Schwartz asks for donors to schedule themselves online or to call her to make an appointment.
There are many appointment slots available between 12:45 p.m. and 4.45 p.m. Donors can go online, create a Vitalant account, and search for blood drive ID 1744402 or search by zip code 95947 to find the appointment schedule. If computer a computer is not convenient, please call Schwartz at 284-1055 to make an appointment.
“The need for blood is always critical during the holidays. We hope donors will be willing and able to step forward to fill this need,” according to Schwartz.