If you’re feeling like nobody needs you, think again! Vitalant, the area’s local blood bank based in Reno, says someone, somewhere, always needs blood, and you can make a difference to that someone by simply turning out for Quincy’s Community Blood Drive next week.
The two-day drive at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (corner of Bucks Lake Road and Bellamy Lane across from the hospital) will be held on Tuesday, March 1, from noon to 6 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There are quite a few open slots, especially on Tuesday afternoon between 2:00 and 5:00, but believe us when we say, just show up—we’ll fit you in.
While walk-ins are always welcome, it’s easier for the Vitalant team if you make an appointment, and you can do that by going online to Donors.Vitalant.org and clicking on “Make an appointment.” Prefer to talk to a local drive coordinator? Just call Elizabeth Smailes at 530-289-6511 or Susan Christensen at 530-283-2424.
The drive sponsor this time is Soroptimist International of Quincy. Homemade treats are back, by the way, so you can feast on Soroptimist-prepared goodies after you donate blood. But wait, there’s more!
Want to save time by answering the interview questions in advance? Go online to Donors.Vitalant.org and click on “Start health history questionnaire.” Simply answer the questions, then print out your Fast Track ticket to bring to the drive. Remember, though—you must complete the questionnaire the day you donate and not a moment sooner!
First-time donor? We’ll hold your hand and walk you through the process. Says long-time donor and former drive coordinator Susan Christensen, “It’s easy-peasy. And knowing you’re helping someone, possibly even saving a life? Priceless.”
Be sure to eat a hearty meal before giving blood and bring your picture I.D. Also, pandemic protocols are still in effect, so please wear a mask. Join us next week because you really ARE needed.