This Friday, Dec. 2 is the Indian Valley winter blood drive, which will be held in room 403 at the Greenville Junior/Senior High School on Grand Street.
“This perfect gift to someone in great need—a stranger yet—will make this Christmas holiday season the best for you and someone else,” said organizer Sherilyn Schwartz.
The blood drive runs from noon to 5:30 p.m. Appointments are best with openings for regular donations in the late afternoon (4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.) and two “Power Reds” appointments available at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. These latter blood donations take about half an hour longer but are critical for cancer patients.
Walk-in donations are accepted as well.
For help with an appointment, please call or text local coordinator Sherilyn Schwartz (661) 435-7250. Blood donors can also go to www.Vitalant.com and click on the “Donate Now” button.
Those who donate by Dec. 25 will automatically be entered to win one of three $5,000 prepaid gift cards, redeemable by email, during Vitalant’s “Season’s Winnings Giveaway.”
In addition, as a special “thank you” for donating during this crucial time, all donors who come to donate through Dec. 31, will receive a $10 Amazon gift card, redeemable by email, (see terms and conditions on website).
Coordinator Schwartz reassures us that after the fire, Vitalant, the non-profit blood service, had difficulties with Internet connections, but the problems are resolved, so appointments and walk-in donations should run smoothly.
Those who cannot make the Indian Valley community blood drive can still help fill this great need by donating at the Quincy community blood drive the following week on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. or Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Please join community members who will help fill the blood shortage. Blood cannot be manufactured. Those in dire need for a transfusion can only have blood that comes from people, real blood. You are needed,” said Schwartz.