Yes, Vitalant does plan to hold its September blood drive in Quincy, and appointments are being booked. There is, of course, the possibility that the drive could be canceled depending on the Dixie Fire situation next week, but should that happen, donors will be notified as soon as possible. For now, the drive is a “go.”
Sponsored by the Quincy Rotary Club, the drive is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 7, from noon to 6 p.m. and again on Wednesday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The location will be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, corner of Bucks Lake Road and Bellamy Lane adjacent to the hospital.
According to local blood drive coordinator Susan Christensen, Vitalant is highly motivated to keep this drive on the schedule because they have had to cancel multiple drives elsewhere due to northern California fires.
“There is a dire need for blood right now due to canceled drives,” says Christensen. “Locally, the Chester drive scheduled for last Friday had to be canceled, but drives in the areas where the Caldor Fire is burning also had to be scrubbed. Other drives, even in and around Reno and Carson City, were canceled due to air quality issues.”
Christensen adds, “We’ve already booked a number of our regular donors for the drive next week and are asking anyone in our area who is willing to take an hour or so out of their day to donate, please call for an appointment. While there is always a high demand for blood, the current situation is more urgent than usual.”
To book an appointment, call Christensen at 530-283-2424 or go online to www.bloodhero.com and use the sponsor code “Quincy.”
Covid protocols are still in place for this drive, so masks are required, even if donors are vaccinated, and steps will be taken to keep everyone six feet apart.
Donors should eat a solid meal before donating blood, and don’t forget to bring your photo ID!